A sailor has died on board HMS Kent, the Ministry of Defence has announced, as sources suggested the individual had taken their own life. 

The Royal Navy frigate had been travelling to the Far East as part of the carrier strike group when the death of the crew member occured. 

The MoD said an investigation had been launched into the death on board the Type 23 frigate and their next of kin had been informed. 

Defence sources told the Telegraph the service person was believed to have taken their own life.

The individual was moved to the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is deployed with HMS Kent, before being flown to the US base in Djibouti. 

Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, thanked his US counterpart when the pair met this week. 

A MoD spokesman said: "It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence can confirm that a Royal Navy sailor from HMS Kent died on July 10 2021.

"The Ministry of Defence offers its condolences to the individual’s family and friends.

"The ship’s company of HMS Kent are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

"The individual’s next of kin have been informed and have requested privacy at this difficult time.

"An investigation is under way and it would be inappropriate to comment any further while that is ongoing."

It is understood the death will not affect the deployment of the carrier strike group.

HMS Kent, based in Portsmouth, is currently deployed with HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the carrier strike group which has been travelling through the Mediterranean before heading to the Indo-Pacific region.

The frigate recently visited Greece where senior figures from the Greek navy visited and the crew had a chance to tour a classic Greek warship.