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Naval warship to tackle pirates

HMS Monmouth
HMS Monmouth will be away from its Plymouth base for six months

The Plymouth-based Royal Navy warship HMS Monmouth is heading to the Persian Gulf later.

The Type 23 frigate, known within the fleet as "The Black Duke", will carry out anti-piracy and maritime security operations during its deployment.

It is due to leave Devonport at 1700 BST and will be away for six months.

In May the crew were awarded the Royal Navy Intelligence Trophy for their role in maritime security and intelligence collection during deployment in 2007.

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