H.M.S EDINBURGH VISITS BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Following a successful operational tour of the British South Atlantic Islands, HMS Edinburgh is transiting through the Caribbean Basin on her return journey to the United Kingdom. In support of the ongoing commitment to the counter flow of narcotics, HMS Edinburgh will be working closely with a number of agencies to assist and act as a visual deterrent.

As a Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh provides the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. Equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, providing area air defence to a group of ships, it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to her air defence role, the Type 42 destroyer can operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, having carried out anti-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf, Caribbean, and the South Atlantic as well as providing humanitarian assistance when required.

As a Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh provides the backbone of the Royal Navy’s anti-air capability. Equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, providing area air defence to a group of ships, it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to her air defence role, the Type 42 destroyer can operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, having carried out anti-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf, Caribbean, and the South Atlantic as well as providing humanitarian assistance when required.

During the transit HMS Edinburgh is visiting Bridgetown in Barbados, to strengthen the coalition of the Commonwealth and allow the ship’s company some rest and recuperation.

The Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Borbone Royal Navy, said:

After five months away from home, operations in the South Atlantic, and a significant period at sea, the ship’s company is very much looking forward to Barbados.

The visit is always popular and as well as important regional engagements, there will be some welcome ‘down time’ and I know there are many activities and sports planned for the ship’s company to enjoy.”

In addition, the opportunity will also be taken to allow members of the ship’s company who are Commonwealth citizens to visit family and friends on the island of St Vincent.

On completion of her transit of the Caribbean Basin, HMS Edinburgh will undertake a number of high profile regional engagement visits in the USA. She is due to return to Portsmouth in March 2013 before preparing for decommissioning.

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