The UK Navy has deployed the Type 42 destroyer HMS Gloucester to the South Atlantic Ocean region to support anti-narcotic operations.

The warship has departed for a six-month deployment from Portsmouth naval base.

The naval campaign will support security and anti-narcotic operations in the waters throughout the Falkland Islands and British South Atlantic Territories.

The reinforcement also involves rescue and humanitarian relief operations

The Type 42 ship will direct the UK Navy in the South Atlantic. HMS Clyde patrol vessel and Gold Rover Royal fleet auxiliary vessel are already deployed in the region.