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.