The UK Royal Navy has deployed guided-missile frigate HMS Somerset on a six-month tour to the Gulf to provide security for Iraqi offshore oil infrastructure.

During the deployment, the Type 23 frigate will support Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean, providing reassurance and reinforcing freedom of navigation and also conduct anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

The frigate will also take part in several multinational naval exercises in a bid to support UK strategic interests in the Middle East.

The vessel recently completed its operational sea training including successful missile firings of its Seawolf point defence missile system.

The Devonport Royal Dockyard team has also conducted extensive maintenance of the ship’s equipment to enhance its operational readiness.