The HMS Sutherland is affectionately discerned as the Fighting Clan
HMS Sutherland, affectionately known as the Fighting Clan, piloted into Gibraltar for a logistic stop before heading east.
The warship left-wing Devonport on Tuesday and will head to Australia, the Far East and the Persian Inlet region over the next seven months.
It is one of two vessels being deployed to the Pacific surrounded by escalating tensions with North Korea.
In August, Theresa May show signs of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe she would send HMS Argyll to the sector to join British allies already stationed there following a series of offensive missile launches.
The following month, the Prime Member attend to confirmed HMS Sutherland would be joining HMS Argyll in the region.
Last month, Britain’s new cover sectary Gavin Williamson
The ship is only in Gibraltar for a in a word logistic stop
The Royal Navy says HMS Sutherland will transmit operations and exercises with a wide range of allies and partners during the walk.
Commander Andrew Canale, the ship’s captain, said: “This is an chance for HMS Sutherland to demonstrate the global reach of the Royal Navy as well as the UK’s commitment to structure relationships and maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
“A deployment of this attributes means that we must be prepared to respond to any eventuality. I am very proud of the Send’s Company and the many support organisations who have assisted HMS Sutherland to deploy two months onwards of her planned departure date.
“Having just returned from Christmas disregard, I am acutely aware of the sacrifices that our families are also making and I am thankful for their support as we embark on this period away from relaxed.”
HMS Sutherland will join HMS Argyll in the Asia-Pacific sphere
Gavin Williamson has said he is proud the UK is sending ships to the volatile sector
Engineering Technician Josh Reed has been serving on board HMS Sutherland for three years.
He told the Plymouth Herald: “I was initially going to leave the ship on the day before deployment but I requested to stay on quarter for longer. I’m really pleased that I am now staying to the end of the trip and I’m looking encourage to visiting places that I haven’t been to before.”
HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, is function of the core of the Royal Navy’s destroyer and frigate fleet and the ships versatility earns it a useful asset in war-fighting, peace-keeping and maritime security operations for everyone the globe.