Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Black Rover is returning to the UK on Sunday after an 18-month deployment in support of the Royal Navy operations in UK Overseas Territories including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, St Helena and Tristan Da Cunha.
The ship's Commanding Officer Captain Paul Whyte said: The ship has been busy conducting maritime security operations across the wide expanse of the South Atlantic visiting British Dependent Islands as well as providing direct support to deployed warships and British Forces in the Falklands.
The ship's company demonstrated superb resilience against the omni-present threat or purgatory of bad weather knowing that our radius of operations would eventually bring sunshine and fair weather.
Throughout the deployment, the ship has again demonstrated the versatility of the small Rover Class Tanker and the valued part the RFA can play in support of British interests around the world.
Since undergoing her last refit in 2009/2010 RFA Black Rover underwent operational sea training by the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation (FOST) in Devonport, prior to deploying to the South Atlantic and arrived in the Falkland Islands in June 2010.
The ship – which includes sailors from Plymouth – is due to arrive into Portland in Dorset on Sunday to undergo maintenance before taking up further duties.