The UK Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate, HMS Portland, has become the first Royal Navy warship to visit the Faroe Islands in 25 years.
The last Royal Navy vessel to visit the small island nation, located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, was the HMS Brilliant in May 1990.
HMS Portland visited the Islands for 48 hours while taking part in an annual anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise conducted by Nato and its allied nations.
Portland commanding officer Captain Simon Asquith OBE said: "Having been able to return to the islands and strengthen the bond between the Royal Navy and the Faroese was an honour for myself and the ship’s company."
HMS Portland berthed in Kollafjørõur near Torshavn, the capital city of Faroe Islands. The visit offered the crew a break from the six-hours-on, six-hours-off routine they had been running during the exercise.
The Faroe Islands has a population of approximately 50,000 spread across the 18 major islands.
The ASW drills provided participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine warfare as well as anti-surface warfare skills.
As part of the exercise, surface ships were divided into multiple task units and were assigned to track a submarine. The exercise involved 13 surface ships from Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, as well as the UK and the US as well as four submarines from Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the US.
Image: HMS Portland visited the Faroe Islands during an anti submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the North Atlantic. Photo: courtesy of UK Royal Navy.