28 October 2010 | England
Plymouth-based Royal Navy warship HMS Cornwall has set off to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
The ship has been preparing for several months for this operation by successfully undertaking an intensive operational sea training programme in her base port of Devonport.
The vessel has also received an in-depth maintenance package to ensure it can stand the rigours of months of intense activity far from the UK.
HMS Cornwall’s Commanding Officer, Commander David Wilkinson, said: “My sailors, officers and I are looking forward to returning to the area and continuing our success of last year. However, our first thoughts will be for the loved ones we leave behind - they are our strength and have been a great support to us - we shall miss them.”