Warship takes centre stage at festival

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HMS St Albans took centre stage at the world’s largest harbour festival in Hamburg.

The Portsmouth-based warship visited the port to strengthen international relations and help Germany celebrate the 823rd Hamburg festival.

During the long passage down the Elbe river, she took part in the Teufelsbrueck Parade where she lined up as ship number 49 out of 91 visiting vessels.

She hosted visits and took pride of place beneath a firework display on Saturday night.

For the celebrations, she was accompanied by a host of international navy ships including the new Indian frigate TEG on her maiden voyage, a French ocean tug, Tenace, and two Danish patrol boats.

The German navy was represented by the submarine U34, fast patrol boat Zobel, minesweeper Pegnitz and the frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommem.

St Albans’ sailors were involved in many events during the weekend, including official receptions, international shooting and football competitions.

The Type 23 frigate’s visit to Hamburg came on the back of a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland, where her sailors took part in an act of remembrance in Hvalsfordur fjord to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War Arctic Convoys.