HMS Monmouth returns to Devon after six-month Gulf patrol

A Devon-based warship has returned to Plymouth after a six month tour of the Middle East.

Operations undertaken by HMS Monmouth included the release of 17 hostages held by suspected pirates in the Gulf, the Royal Navy said.

The Type 23 frigate was working on counter-terrorism operations and anti-piracy work.

It was also on standby in the Mediterranean during the conflict in Libya.

Commanding officer Dean Bassett, said: "Since departing the UK in March, HMS Monmouth has been exceptionally busy on operations and we have had a very successful deployment."

A spokesperson said the warship tracked and intercepted a pirate mothership in the Gulf.

They said the suspected pirates then surrendered before being detained, with 17 hostages being released.

The spokesperson added the mission had prevented pirates from using the craft for future attacks.

The frigate's 185 crew members were greeted by their families and friends at HM Naval Base Devonport.

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