The Ministry of Defence denied it, saying Britain's presence in the region was "entirely humanitarian". Britain sent the Norfolk to its former colony in what it called a precautionary move after rebels invaded Freetown on 6 January. A Nigerian-led West African force has largely retaken control of Freetown but is still grappling with rebel infiltrators on the fringes of the city.Reuse content
SIERRA LEONE rebels said troops from a Royal Navy ship had been deployed on a military mission in the capital, Freetown. A Revolutionary United Front spokesman said personnel from HMS Norfolk disembarked last week to an unknown destination in Freetown.