Mayor left stunned by warship’s major refit

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon speaking on board HMS Queen Elizabeth as the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier sets sail from Lossiemouth for the latest in a series of sea trials on Monday, July 24. Picture: PO PHOT Ray Jones/MoD/PA Wire

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WESTMINSTER’S lord mayor swapped her chain of office for industrial safety gear during a visit to her namesake warship which is nearing the end of a huge upgrade in Portsmouth.

Lady Christabel Flight was given a comprehensive tour of the new-look HMS Westminster which included a close-up inspection of its Sea Ceptor Weapon system, 997 radar and sonar capability.

The lord mayor, whose one-year term of office ends next month, has taken a keen interest in the ship during her tenure.

She said: ‘My relationship with HMS Westminster has been a real highlight of my tenure and I hope to maintain those close links into the future. I would like to wish HMS Westminster and her ship’s company all the very best for her regeneration and return to the operational fleet.’

The ship’s senior naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Chris L’Amie, said it was a pleasure to meet Lady Flight.

He said: ‘Throughout Lady Flight’s year in office she has been a great friend to the ship,’

‘Our affiliation to her office remains one of our most active and valuable relationships and we look forward to building upon it in the future.’

Next month the crew will jattend the lord mayor’s end-of-office reception.