Many of the ship’s company were enjoying their first days at sea in their career - it was a chance to travel the world and experience some of what it has to offer and have a unique Argyll story to tell

Commander Toby Shaughnessy

Following some combined training with the US and Japanese Navies, Argyll conducted several weeks of patrols enforcing the UN Embargo on North Korea’s fuel imports by keeping a close eye on shipping in the East China Sea. 

Tokyo and Japan were the high-water mark of the deployment, since when Argyll has made her way back towards the UK.

She paid rare visits to Kota Kinabalu on Borneo and Brunei, where locals were given the opportunity to look around, enjoyed four days in the remote Indian Ocean island and military base of Diego Garcia to try shark fishing and beach barbecues.

There were further stops on the way home, including Athens and Malta, before the drama on Sunday night/Monday morning of the blazing Grande America off Brittany where a concerted effort by everyone on board ensured all the cargo ship’s 27 sailors were saved before the 28,000-tonne vessel sank.

The last act of the deployment was to fly off her Wildcat helicopter and its crew/engineers to Yeovilton on Wednesday - while riding out Storm Gareth in the relative shelter of Falmouth Bay.

“After spending 270 days deployed from the UK across both hemispheres and as far East as Japan, my ship’s company will now enjoy some well-deserved leave at home before resuming operations in the summer,” said the frigate’s Commanding Officer Commander Toby Shaughnessy.

“Many of the ship’s company were enjoying their first days at sea in their career - it was a chance to travel the world and experience some of what it has to offer and have a unique Argyll story to tell.”

 

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