Sunderland warship ends Libya mission

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SUNDERLAND’S adopted warship has been withdrawn from Libya.

Apache helicopters, based on HMS Ocean, have been in service over the war-torn Middle East country since June.

Britain deployed the army attack helicopters in support of forces fighting then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The choppers were based on the 21,000-tonne carrier, which was given Honorary Freedom of the City status by Sunderland in 2004, in the Mediterranean Sea.

Major General Nick Pope said Nato agreed with the UK that HMS Ocean and her helicopter detachment be released from Operation Unified Protector.