After 16 years' service HMS Sandown was sold to the Estonians back in 2006 who renamed her Admiral Cowan in honour of the Brit who led naval forces supporting Estonia's eventually-successful fight for independence from Russia at the end of World War 1.

Together the youngest and oldest Sandowns carried out mine warfare training in the Bay of Tallinn before the rendezvous with the larger warships of NATO Standing Naval Group 1 for some combined tactical manoeuvres, culminating in a group photo making use of a helicopter launched from the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

Afterwards the two groups sailed into the Estonian capital where sailors took part in conferences with local military leaders, receptions and finally got the chance to appreciate one of the continent's most intact and authentic mediaeval old towns.

Shoreham will continue her deployment in the Baltic with SNMCMG1 until the summer when she return to operate in UK waters.