The Group works throughout the year, defending sea routes from the threat of underwater mines and carrying out joint training exercises.
The 42 sailors on board HMS Ledbury returned to the UK 4 months ago, having served on board sister ship HMS Atherstone in the Gulf.
HMS Ledbury’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hains, said:
I am delighted to lead my crew on deployment again. Having transited through the Mediterranean en route to the Gulf only last year, my crew is prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
HMS Ledbury is no stranger to the Mediterranean, having been deployed with the NATO Group for 6 months last year. Lieutenant Commander Hains added:
The ships are operating at a high operational tempo but continuous maintenance and improvements to the weapon systems on board are keeping HMS Ledbury and the Royal Navy at the very forefront of mine countermeasures capability worldwide.