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HMS Echo returns from 19 month deployment

16th August 2012 - 16:54 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the Royal Navy (RN) survey ship HMS Echo has returned to her home port of Plymouth after a 'marathon' 19-month deployment.

The ship made 24 stops in 11 nations and 13 different ports during deployment, carrying out survey work of little-chartered waters. The MoD noted that the HMS Echo has been away for 593 days with 421 actually at sea and has sailed about 74,000 miles (120,000km).

The vessel surveyed over 3,150 square miles (8,160 square kilometres); and conducted 181 sea bed samples, the deepest of which was 974m, and 986 surveys using sound.

This has included working with Plymouth-based HMS Albion on the largest Royal Naval exercise last year and other units on regular maritime policing patrols in the Middle East.

The MoD said more than 45,000 rounds of ammunition was expended, two of which were fired in anger on a real 'quick-draw' incident against a suspected Somali pirate vessel. Firing two saluting cannon rounds proved sufficient to deter further night approaches by suspect criminals.

During deployment standard emergency drills included 78 fire and flood exercises, 81 man-overboard exercises and 200 sets of breakdown drills.

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