HMS Enterprise is back in the UK after a deployment of almost three years.

The ship’s crew were met by family & friends on the jetty who were thrilled to see their loved ones after an epic 35-month deployment.

The Royal Navy ship has rescued thousands of people at sea, conducted maritime security operations and surveyed thousands of nautical miles of the Ocean floor.

Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mike Penning said:

"During her three years deployed away from the UK, HMS Enterprise and her ship's company have helped make the world a safer place."

Survey ship Enterprise was at the heart of operations to prevent people smuggling in the Mediterranean.

She evacuated more than 200 British citizens from Libya, rescued 9,180 people attempting to undertake deadly crossings of the Mediterranean and destroyed 117 unseaworthy vessels used by people traffickers.

The ship's company are back until July, when HMS Enterprise will deploy again.

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