HMS Lancaster sailors to visit city

HMS Lancaster.
HMS Lancaster.

Sailors from HMS Lancaster will be in the city today, Friday, as part of a four-day stopover before heading to the Caribbean.

The ship sailed into Liverpool on Thursday.

The ship is primarily in the region for affiliation duties with Lancaster, the highlight of the visit being a ceremony today at which the Freedom Scroll will be re-dedicated to HMS Lancaster.

HMS Lancaster will also be open to visitors on Saturday between 11am and 4.30pm, with last entry at 4pm.

HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde as the fourth of the Type 23 frigates joining the Fleet in 1992.

This versatile multi-role ship can typically be deployed drug-busting in the Caribbean or East of Suez on maritime security patrols.

The ship has a busy programme lined up throughout the visit, including on Friday when Commander Peter Laughton and 85 members of the ship’s company will travel to Lancaster for the highlight of the visit – a static parade outside the town hall at which formal re-dedication of the Freedom of the City Scroll will take place.

The ship’s company will be inspected by Lancaster mayor Susie Charles at 11am.

Formal re-dedication of the Freedom of the City Scroll by the mayor to the Commanding Officer of HMS Lancaster will then follow, with the ceremony accompanied by The Band of The King’s Division.

HMS Lancaster will set sail at approximately noon on Sunday March 1.

Coun Susie Charles said: “As the present Mayor of Lancaster I’m delighted to have the honour of re-dedicating the Freedom of the City to HMS Lancaster.

“I was thrilled to sail on board the Type 23 frigate from Portsmouth to Liverpool this week. Getting around the ship gave me a better work out than the gym!”

Commander Pete Laughton assumed command of HMS Lancaster in November 2013 and said: I am absolutely thrilled to bring HMS Lancaster to the Port of Liverpool in order to re-affirm our strong links with the City of Lancaster”.

“Sailing from Portsmouth earlier this week, it has been a wonderful privilege to be joined onboard by some of our affiliates including the Mayor of Lancaster and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers”.

“With the last ‘hometown’ visit conducted in 2007, this really is a fabulous and much anticipated opportunity to exercise the ‘Freedom of the city of Lancaster’.