Three Royal Navy warships have begun patrols and mine-hunting missions to ensure security around Qatar during the World Cup.
The Bahrain-based minehunters, accompanied by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship, are carrying out round-the-clock patrols as well as searching for any mines or bombs.
Commander Adrian Visram, who is overseeing the Royal Navy effort which involved 200 personnel, said: “Our mine-hunting force has been out here for 16 years keeping the sea routes open.
“The continuing flow of trade and energy during these tumultuous times is even more vital to UK interests.
“This demonstrates our commitment to working with international allies and partners to protect against threats overseas and promote our values.”
“HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Bangor will conduct round-the-clock patrols of the sea lanes leading to the Gulf state, using state-of-the-art sonar and underwater remote-controlled devices to locate and identify mines or bomb.
“HMS Middleton will remain on standby to provide additional support if needed.”