Families greet crew of HMS Shoreham after three months away

Mine hunter HMS Shoreham has returned home to Faslane after being deployed for three months , ready to respond with 24 hours’ notice to respond to NATO alerts in the Baltic.

For the first time, families and friends joined their loved ones on board the Royal Navy ship as she sailed in to her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde yesterday.

Around 80 family and friends joined the crew on board the mine hunter at Greenock to sail across to Faslane where a few more family members stood at the dockside to welcome them home. A lone piper added a touch of pageantry to the occasion.

Among the families at the dockside was Angela Worsley, who had travelled from Warrington with her daughter and two grandsons for the return of her son-in-law, Lieutenant Matthew Bryers.

Angela waited at Faslane with her five month old grandson Jaxon, while her daughter Katie was on board the ship with Jaxon’s big brother Mason. Both boys were delighted to see their daddy again.

Captain Edward Ahlgren was also at the dockside to welcome the Ship and her crew.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome home HMS Shoreham after a very successful three-month deployment with NATO.

“hey have delivered beyond expectation and they return to their families to enjoy some well-deserved leave prior to preparing for operations again.”

The ship has been operating as part of a Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One, multi-national group of mine hunters from Estonia, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Commander Ben Evans, the Commanding Officer of HMS Shoreham, said: “It is wonderful to be back in Faslane after a successful deployment with NATO,

“The ship’s company are looking forward to some well-deserved leave, hopefully coming back refreshed and ready to conduct training later in the year.”