Within feet of a US destroyer

Close encounter with US destroyer

Close encounter with US destroyer

First published in On patrol with HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury continues to play a leading role in naval exercises this week in the central Mediterranean.

This latest picture shows Ledbury riding off the 8,000-ton US Navy destroyer USS Barry during a maritime secuurity exercise.

At the closest point there was only 20 metres between the two ships.

Ledbury was acting as a rogue warship escorting a merchant vessel that was trying to break an arms embargo.

The USS Barry was trying to muscle in and protect the boarding team from a Royal Navy frigate, who were boarding the merchant vessel (played by HMS Roebuck).

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