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HMS Duncan to help Liverpool celebrate Armed Forces Day

HMS Duncan arrives in London
23 June 2016
HMS Duncan will welcome members of the public on board this weekend as she helps Liverpool celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The Type 45 Destroyer is berthed alongside Liverpool Cruise Terminal until Monday afternoon. She will be open to visitors from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. During her visit she will also host students from Christ the King College, Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Priestly College.

I have 10 members of my ship’s company that hail from Merseyside and even for the rest of us, a warship coming up the Mersey feels like something of a homecoming.

Commander Charles Guy, Commanding Officer HMS Duncan

One of the sailors, Engineering Technician (Communications Information Systems) Amanda Davies, aged 23, from Huyton is a former Sea Cadet with Huyton-with- Roby Sea Cadets – TS Iron Duke. The former Knowsley Community College Roby Campus pupil is looking forward to showing current members and loved ones around HMS Duncan on Saturday. 

She said: "It will be a very proud moment for me to show of the latest and best Type 45 Destroyer to friends and family in my home town.

”Members of the crew will attend the opening of Hugh Baird College’s Port Academy in Bootle tomorrow and play golf at West Lancashire Golf Club, while the Commanding Officer, Commander Charles Guy, will be among guests at the Arnold Palmer Cup opening ceremony and dinner at Formby Golf Club, that evening.

Commander Guy said: “I am delighted to be able to bring the Navy’s newest operational warship intoLiverpool for Armed Forces Day 2016. I have 10 members of my ship’s company that hail from Merseyside and even for the rest of us, a warship coming up the Mersey feels like something of a homecoming.

“For the Battle of the Atlantic, Liverpool was on the front line and I will make sure I personally pay my respects at the statue of Captain Frederic ‘Johnnie’ Walker, RN at the Pier Head. On Saturday, Armed Forces Day, we will be representing the Royal Navy alongside at the Cruise Terminal. Members of the public will have the chance to come and see HMS Duncan and to meet some of my sailors in person.”

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