Doing the work-up was exciting but putting those skills to use in this environment is even better.

Able Seaman (Diver) Mac McMenemy

Able Seaman (Diver) Mac McMenemy said: “Doing the work-up was exciting but putting those skills to use in this environment is even better.

“We’re all looking forward to working with and learning from the other nations out here and building our operational experience.”

HMS Ledbury is one of four Royal Navy Minehunters deployed in the Gulf. She will carry out maritime security in the region as part of the 33-nation Combined Maritime Forces, making her training crucial.

Lieutenant Commander Mark Heward, Ledbury’s commanding officer, said: “The crew have always worked hard and this recent period of training is no exception.

“I have some very young sailors for whom this is their first time properly away from home.

“But there are lots of exciting opportunities working in the Gulf and it is exactly the sort of challenge that our people enjoy to face.”

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