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.
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.