Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon has been given the freedom of Cardiff. The ship is affiliated with the capital and her crew marched through the city today, at the end of a five-day visit. Tom Sheldrick reports.
Captain Rex Cox, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon, told ITV News receiving the freedom of Cardiff was an honour.
The crew of HMS Dragon has been given the freedom of Cardiff at a ceremony at City Hall this morning. Following the ceremony, the troops will parade through the city streets.
HMS Dragon is to be given the Freedom of the City of Cardiff today in a ceremony at City Hall.
The keys to the city will be handed to Cardiff's affiliated warship at 11 o'clock, followed by a Freedom Parade through the city.
Since 1886 only 62 people and 9 organisations have been awarded the honour which is only bestowed on 'persons of distinction' and persons who, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the City of Cardiff.
The destroyer is staffed by 190 men and women, headed by Captain Rex Cox.
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Derrick Morgan, said: "It is an honour to bestow the Freedom of the City of Cardiff to HMS Dragon and to welcome the warship and her crew to the Capital.
"HMS Dragon, the Royal Navy's newest warship, is proudly affiliated to Cardiff and has developed strong links with the city. What a wonderful celebration it is for the city of Cardiff to welcome the ship back to our shores."
HMS Dragon will be sailing into its affiliated city of Cardiff for the first time later.
The state of the art ship comes in at just over 150 metres, and will be berthed in the Queen Alexandra Dock for five days.