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HMS Iron Duke visits the UK's capital of culture

HMS Iron Duke
14 March 2017
Royal Navy frigate HMS Iron Duke will visit Hull on Thursday for a four-day visit as part of the city's year as UK capital of culture.

The city of Hull is especially important to the men and women serving on HMS Iron Duke, as the affiliation between city and ships of the same name dates back to 1870.

The current Iron Duke, which was commissioned in 1993, was granted the honour of freedom of the city of Kingston upon Hull in 1994 and on this visit will celebrate the honour with a parade and march on Friday 17th March starting in Trinity Square at 2.30pm.

The presence of HMS Iron Duke in Hull is seen as a strong indicator of the UK's commitment to security in domestic waters and ongoing support to civil agencies by the Armed Forces.

It is also responsible for training the next generation of Royal Navy sailors while patrolling UK waters.

HMS Iron Duke will be open to visitors

Saturday 18 March from 10am until 4pm

Arriving on Thursday morning, the Type 23 Frigate will be berthed in King George's Dock at ABP Hull commercial port, a few minutes journey from the city centre for the duration of the visit.

During HMS Iron Duke's visit to Hull, members of the public will be able to step on board and experience a small slice of naval life for themselves as part of the ship will be open to visitors on Saturday 18 March from 10am until 4pm with the last admittance at 3pm.

Parking will be available for visitors at the port with a free shuttle bus running to and from the ship.

HMS Iron Duke will have her weapons, firefighting and damage control equipment on display and her most important asset, her sailors will be on hand to meet the public and answer questions about what life is like onboard a frontline warship.

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