Special Sea Dutymen closed up on the Bridge as HMS Duncan
Special Sea Dutymen closed up on the Bridge as HMS Duncan departs Plymouth. Picture: LPhot Guy Pool
An international group of allied warships have left Devonport Naval Base today (Monday) after a routine visit.
The Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, comprising ships from the Royal Navy and the Spanish and Portuguese navies and a German auxiliary tanker berthed in HM Naval Base, berthed in Plymouth last week..
The group now sails to a European port after completing training and is also planning a Christmas break while remaining on short-notice for tasking.
The crews of HMS Duncan, FGS Rhoen (German Navy), NRP Alvares Cabral (Portugese Navy) and ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (flagship – Spanish Navy), met senior naval officers and Plymouth civic leaders with formal receptions in the city and on the flagship.
Under the command of Rear Admiral Jose Delgado (Spanish Navy) the group has patrolled North Atlantic and Baltic countries, including UK ports.