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British deploy counter-piracy mission

PLYMOUTH, England, June 2 (UPI) -- The British Royal Navy announced the HMS Cumberland frigate has been deployed to the volatile Horn of Africa for counter-piracy operations.

The HMS Cumberland, a British Royal Navy Type 22 frigate, has deployed from Plymouth, England, to the Gulf of Aden, marking the second counter-piracy mission for a naval vessel off the coast of Somalia, the British Ministry of Defense reported.

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The deployment of the HMS Cumberland follows recent maintenance work on the frigate's propulsion and weapons systems ahead of operations to crack down on piracy and potential terrorist threats in the Horn of Africa region.

"Cumberland is well prepared for this deployment … (and the) United Kingdom is committed to maintaining a national and coalition presence in the region and all of us in Cumberland are looking forward to and ready to face the challenges ahead," Capt. David Dutton, HMS Cumberland commanding officer, said in a statement.

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