The Royal Navy's most advanced warship HMS Dauntless has reached Cape Town for its mid-deployment stand-down.
During it's mission so far, HMS Dauntless has taken part in Exercise Saharan Express, training with personnel from Gambia, Senegal and Morocco learning how to tackle a variety of maritime problems including piracy, illegal fishing and the illicit trade in drugs, weapons and people smuggling.
While on deployment HMS Dauntless has heightened tensions with Argentina over the Falklands and has been working in the waters of West Africa battling the growing threat of piracy.
Sea piracy worldwide fell by 54 percent in the first half of 2012 - with a big drop in attacks off the Somali's coast thanks to international naval patrols.
While in Cape Town, HMS Dauntless is undergoing mid deployment repairs, with the crew enjoying a much needed break in duties.
The second part of the mission will take the state of the art vessel to the South Atlantic.