HMS Gloucester gets royal welcome home
A Military Operations news article
30 Mar 11
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester joined Type 42 destroyer HMS Gloucester as she sailed back into Portsmouth last week from her seven-month deployment to the South Atlantic.
The sun shone for the Portsmouth-based warship as she returned to cheering crowds of families, friends and well-wishers at 1000hrs on Friday 25 March 2011.
As the ship's sponsor, the Duchess of Gloucester launched the ship on 2 November 1982 and has been closely involved ever since - seeing her through 15 captains, two rededications and 25 years of commissioned service.
The Duchess joined the destroyer by helicopter before meeting the ship's company and her Commanding Officer, Commander David George.
She also presented Commander George with the 2010 Fleet Efficiency Award from the Royal Navy for being its most effective destroyer last year, attaining the highest standards in both training and on operations.
This will be HMS Gloucester's final homecoming as she will be decommissioned from the fleet in June 2011...
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