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Frigate arrives at Tower Bridge at dawn ready for parade

PUBLISHED: 13:17 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

HMS WESTMINSTER TRANSITS ALONG THE THAMES

Culminating in a service at Westminster Abbey, the men and women of HMS Westminster will march the route from Horse Guards Parade on Sunday 23 November 2008 led by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

The route will take the 141 marching personnel from the Parade onto Horse Guards Road, into the Mall and through Admiralty Arch, before turning onto Whitehall. The assembled company will then halt briefly for a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, before continuing the brief distance onward through Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey.
HMS Westminster will also host a reception onboard for 120 invited guests on the evening of her arrival. 

The ships affiliation enjoys close ties with the Westminster City Council, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Lord Mayer of Westminster, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, London Underground, the Duke of Westminster, Westminster Abbey Choir School, Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force section at City of London School and Churches College, Southgate and Barnet Sea Cadet Unit, Haringey and Enfield Sea Cadet unit, University of London Royal Naval Unit and the Parliamentary Maritime Group.

Pictured: HMS Westminster transiting along the River Thames passing through the World Famous Tower Bridge.

Image By: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen
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HMS WESTMINSTER TRANSITS ALONG THE THAMES Culminating in a service at Westminster Abbey, the men and women of HMS Westminster will march the route from Horse Guards Parade on Sunday 23 November 2008 led by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The route will take the 141 marching personnel from the Parade onto Horse Guards Road, into the Mall and through Admiralty Arch, before turning onto Whitehall. The assembled company will then halt briefly for a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, before continuing the brief distance onward through Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey. HMS Westminster will also host a reception onboard for 120 invited guests on the evening of her arrival. The ships affiliation enjoys close ties with the Westminster City Council, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Lord Mayer of Westminster, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, London Underground, the Duke of Westminster, Westminster Abbey Choir School, Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force section at City of London School and Churches College, Southgate and Barnet Sea Cadet Unit, Haringey and Enfield Sea Cadet unit, University of London Royal Naval Unit and the Parliamentary Maritime Group. Pictured: HMS Westminster transiting along the River Thames passing through the World Famous Tower Bridge. Image By: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen Royal Navy

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SUNRISE over Tower Bridge and a graceful HMS Westminster slips quietly into the heart of London. frigate arrived at the Pool of London at 7.40am last Thursday and berthed alongside HMS Belfast—the Royal Navy’s permanent floating museum—for the ship’s 180 crew to exercise their right to march through the City for the first time

SUNRISE over Tower Bridge and a graceful HMS Westminster slips quietly into the heart of the City of London.

The Type 23 frigate, named after the Square Mile’s ancient City of Westminster neighbour, arrived at the Pool of London at 7.40am last Thursday.

It berthed alongside HMS Belfast—the Royal Navy’s permanent floating museum—for the ship’s 180 crew to exercise their right to march through the streets on Sunday for the first time.

The Freedom of the City of Westminster was conferred on the ship three years ago.

But the unusual right to parade hadn’t been taken up until Sunday, when they marched along Whitehall to a service at Westminster Abbey.

The Westminster is one of 13 versatile Type 23 frigates which form half the Royal Navy’s force of frigates and destroyers which are the mainstay of Britain’s modern surface fleet.

They were originally designed for anti-submarine warfare, but have evolved into multi purpose’ ships able to operate anywhere in the world.

The effectiveness of these ships is enhanced by their stealth design, which significantly reduces their radar signature’.

That made it rather easy for the Westminster, having slipped her moorings at Tower Bridge, to sail almost un-noticed’ back down the Thames today (Monday) to continue her round-Britain goodwill tour.

www.royalnavy.mod.uk


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