HMS Iron Duke has paid a visit to Haiti – the first British naval vessel to the island nation since RFA Largs Bay delivered earthquake aid in 2010.
Iron Duke is now reaching the end of her six month deployment of the South Atlantic and marked her entry into the Port of Cap Haitien with a 21 gun salute.
The Type 23 frigate spent two days at anchor hosting local dignitaries, officials and a number of UN workers as well as acting as a venue for an important regional meeting on immigration.
But it was also an opportunity for the ship’s company to get involved in several community projects. More than 100 personnel took part in these projects working alongside their UN colleagues based at Cap Haitien.
During the work the Mayor of Cap Haitien and the British Ambassador both visited and thanked the Iron Duke team for their efforts.
The last British naval vessel to visit Haiti was Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Largs Bay in February 2010.
HMS Iron Duke will shortly begin her journey back to Portsmouth where she is due home in time for Christmas.
Press release, Image: UK Navy