HMS Liverpool Returns From Libya - PHOTOS
HMS Liverpool has returned home from the campaign in Libya
The Royal Navy Destroyer has spent seven months on deployment to support Operation Unified Protector - the Nato mission to enforce UN resolutions to protect Libyan civilians, which formally ended on October 31.
This involved the warship enforcing the no-fly zone and conducting embargo operations to prevent arms reaching pro-Gaddafi forces by sea.
HMS Liverpool also provided protection for other Royal Navy vessels during the deployment including minehunters HMS Brocklesby and HMS Bangor.
It also acted as an air defence platform for assault ship HMS Ocean which contributed its Apache helicopters to the operation.
The naval vessels were supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Rosalie with HMS Liverpool alone conducting 40 supply and fuel replenishments at sea.
New Defence Secretary Philip Hammond welcomed the crew back to Britain, saying: "Your bravery and professionalism is an inspiration to us."