HMS Echo Returns from 22 Month Deployment

August 15, 2019 – Back in the bosom of her home port today after 22 months gathering data on waters from the Channel to the eastern shores of the Black Sea is HMS Echo. It is 668 days since the survey vessel last caught sight of Smeaton’s Tower thanks to an extremely varied – and rewarding – mission which began in the central Mediterranean and ended at the gateway to the Middle Sea. Echo’s 668-day tour of duty began supporting the international effort to prevent illegal migrant trafficking in the…

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Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership

November 21, 2018 – The UK and Ukraine will continue to strengthen their defense partnership in the face of intensifying threats and aggression, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed today. In a meeting with the visiting Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises that will see the two countries’ Armed Forces continue to work together in defense of the international rules-based order. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom.…

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Croatian and UK ships join NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian

September 7, 2018 – The Croatian Navy and the Royal Navy joined NATO’s maritime operation in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday (7 September 2018). Over the next two weeks, the Croatian Navy vessel HRMV Vukovar, a Helsinki-class missile boat, and the Royal Navy vessel HMS Echo, an Echo-class survey vessel, will join the Italian Navy frigate ITS Espero and other associated vessels and aircraft in patrolling the central Mediterranean. Sea Guardian is a maritime security operation through which NATO maintains situational awareness in the Mediterranean. The operation helps deter and…

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