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All aboard HMS Portland for family day
2:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
FAMILIES enjoyed a special day on board HMS Portland.
The ship’s crew held the fun-packed day to thank all their family and friends for their support.
The vessel is currently doing rigorous sea training following a 12-month refit in Scotland.
In May, the crew visited Portland for four days and exercised their freedom of the borough with a special service and parade on Weymouth Esplanade.
During her refit, HMS Portland’s crew spent a significant period away from home and to show their appreciation, the crew took 200 guests to sea for the day.
The families got to look round the ship, which is normally stationed at Plymouth, and watched a demonstration from the ship’s Lynx helicopter.
Commanding officer Sarah West, said: “My ship’s company receive an enormous amount of support from their families, whilst we are away.
“This is a rare opportunity to thank them for their commitment, by hosting them on board for a day and allowing them to see where we live, whilst demonstrating the impressive capability of HMS Portland.”
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