A ROYAL Navy sailor from March has returned home after a five-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Libya with HMS Brocklesby.
Petty Officer (Mine Warfare) Scott Barnes, (38) was on board the minehunter which successfully located and destroyed a buoyant mine deliberately placed in the port of Misurata by pro-Gaddaffi forces to stop ships carrying humanitarian aid.
His wife Anne and daughters Caitlin (6) and Olivia (2) were part of a crowd of well wishers who cheered the ship into Portsmouth Naval Base.
PO Barnes said: “We were at the front line of operation in Libya. Usually when we hunt for mines we’re doing it on exercises so it was fantastic to be involved in the real thing and to see it all coming together - from locating the mine to destroying it. “By destroying the mine we allowed the port to be opened up for ships carrying aid and supplies – and it is very special to know that we were the ship that made this happen
“It has been a fantastic experience and one that I am incredibly proud to have been a part of – but I am looking forward to getting home and seeing my family. Their support while I’ve been away has been unwavering – it’s the most important thing when you’re away at sea to know that you have them to come back to.”