HMS Argyll has left Plymouth to begin a nine-month deployment to the Gulf and Pacific. The Type 23 frigate will first deploy to the Gulf and then move on to Japan and South Korea.
Joining the Royal Navy vessel are 200 of the ship’s company, Royal Marines, a Wildcat aircrew and a US exchange officer. Personnel who will be part of the deployment have been undergoing sea trials and training in preparation for the nine months away.
The deployment was announced by the Prime Minister last year, in response to a series of missile launches by North Korea.