It is a huge privilege to bring Penzance into Stromness after a busy programme for the ship and crew

Lieutenant Commander Lee Vessey, Commanding Officer HMS Penzance

Lt Cdr Vessey and his crew have just completed two weeks of navigation and safety exercises at sea with International partners from Vietnam, Belize, Barbados, Jordan, Jamaica, Kenya and Lebanon.

Whilst on board HMS Penzance, the students worked closely with the ships company to test and develop their navigation skills, ship-handling abilities and responses to emergencies and tactical scenarios.

In September last year, HMS Penzance returned to her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde after completing a three year deployment in the Gulf, where she was one of five Royal Navy vessels which joined forces with the United States Mine Hunting vessels and aircraft to take part in a major exercise in the Arabian Gulf, testing their prowess in locating underwater explosives.

At any one time, the Royal Navy has four mine hunters working the Gulf, safeguarding the waterways for all shipping in the area.

While there, the vessels conduct routine surveys, sea-bed clearance and mine clearance operations. The ships provide a visible naval presence in the region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital.

Warships regularly operate in UK coastal waters helping to protect our own sea lanes from historic ordnance, a legacy of two world wars.

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