The British Type 23 frigate HMS Kent has returned to Portsmouth following the end of a four-month deployment to the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East.

During its time in the region, HMS Kent performed patrolling duties in the Indian Ocean to support maritime security and counter-terrorism operations.

The Gulf stint was mainly focused on providing protection to merchant ships passing through the busy trade route of Strait of Hormuz.

The ship was sent to meet the Royal Navy’s commitment to ensure the safe passage of shipping and free flow of trade in the region.

HMS Kent commanding officer commander Andrew Brown said: “HMS Kent has had a very busy year, which started in Plymouth with a six-week training package to prepare the ship for operations.

“Eleven months later we have returned from operations in the Gulf supporting UK prosperity and demonstrating once again the Royal Navy’s global presence.”

The Duke-class ship was accompanied in the operations by other British ships, including HMS Defender, HMS Duncan, and HMS Montrose.

The Wildcat helicopter that supported HMS Kent during the deployment returned to 815 Naval Air Squadron at the RNAS Yeovilton.

Soon after completing training in Plymouth, Kent took part in military exercises off the coast of Scotland.

The ship also spent two months in the Baltic to support the amphibious task group led by HMS Albion.

Kent left its homeport in August to replace HMS Duncan in the Gulf mission. The UK joined the US-led international collaboration on improving maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz.