HMS Somerset welcomed home from the Gulf
A History and Honour news article
2 Dec 10
HMS Somerset arrived at her home port of Plymouth yesterday after six months deployed to the Middle East on maritime policing operations which included counter-piracy duties and protecting Iraq's offshore oil platforms.
Hundreds of well-wishers welcomed the ship home at HM Naval Base Devonport. Entertainment on the jetty-side included a Royal Marines Band, a band and guard of Sea Cadets from Weston-super-Mare, and, as a special treat for the young families, Father Christmas set up his stall beneath a Christmas tree to hand out early presents to children.
HMS Somerset's primary role on deployment was to protect the Iraqi oil platforms which are vital to the Iraqi economy and the reconstruction effort of the coalition campaign.
HMS Somerset's maritime security operations continued throughout the Gulf and she contributed to counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa...