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She was purchased from the United Kingdom by the Romanian Navy on 14 January 2003, and renamed King Ferdinand after Ferdinand I of Romania. The ship was handed over to Romania on 19 August 2004, and underwent sea trials at the same time. F221 King Ferdinand was commissioned into the Romanian Navy on 9 September 2004, and is the current flagship of the Romanian Navy.Since 13 September 2012 F221 has participated in Operation Atalanta. On the ship are also embarked naval commandos The Naval Special Operations Forces.