HMS Lancaster has successfully completed a visit to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote island in the world, as part of her nine-month deployment.
Lancaster, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Queen’s Frigate’ after her sponsor Her Majesty the Queen, was joined by RFA Gold Rover for the visit to the island.
The aim of the visit was to provide reassurance and to strengthen ties with the island community, building on the success of HMS Dragon’s visit in January 2015.
The visit was exceptionally busy for the ship, especially for the embarked Wildcat Helicopter and the flight crew, who flew stores around the island to areas that are not accessible by other means of transport.
Tristan da Cunha is located about 1,750 miles away from South Africa, and 1,500 miles away from the nearest land mass (Saint Helena), making it the most remote inhabited island in the world.
It is a British overseas territory with a population of just 275, comprised of 80 families, with just eight surnames.
HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer said: “It was a great honour to visit Tristan da Cunha; an island that I have personally sailed past on a number of occasions but have never had the opportunity to visit before now.
“It was an enjoyable and worthwhile visit, which allowed us to continue the long relationship the Royal Navy has with the island.”