HMS Kent welcomes royal visitor

UPDATE HRH Princess Alexandra departs HMS Kent after her visit accompanied by Commanding Officer, Commander Dan Thomas, left Picture: LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson
UPDATE HRH Princess Alexandra departs HMS Kent after her visit accompanied by Commanding Officer, Commander Dan Thomas, left Picture: LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson
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A royal guest was given a tour of HMS Kent to hear all about the ship’s recent overseas deployment.

Princess Alexandra, the ship’s sponsor, met dozens of crew members who returned in May from a seven-month mission to the Gulf, Red Sea and Mediterranean.

It was a welcome opportunity for us to show Her Royal Highness how our ship has evolved and to share experiences of the recent seven-month Gulf deployment

HMS Kent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Thomas

During 45 minutes on board, the Princess – who first commissioned HMS Kent into the Navy fleet in 2000 – was shown the ship’s flight deck, hangar, wardroom and parts of the upper deck.

She also learnt about the ship’s warfare, logistics and marine and weapon engineer-ing departments.

HMS Kent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Thomas, said: ‘HMS Kent was delighted to welcome Princess Alexandra on board exactly 15 years after she commissioned the ship in 2000. 

‘It was a welcome opportunity for us to show Her Royal Highness how our ship has evolved and to share experiences of the recent seven-month Gulf deployment.’

The type 23 frigate sailed more than 47,000 miles conducting maritime security patrols, which included working with American and French aircraft carriers.

HMS Queen Elizabeth returning to Portsmouth. Picture: Mike Parry

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