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Hundreds of people turned out in Exeter today to watch the freedom of the city granted to the crew of one of the Royal Navy's newest ships HMS Defender.
Its taken over the role of HMS Exeter and marks a tradition which dates back to 1680 when the city first made links with the Royal Navy.
Richard Lawrence reports:
The 200-strong crew of HMS Defender have been granted the Freedom of Exeter, and are marching through the city for the first time today.
The honour celebrates the official affiliation between the city and the state-of-the-art Type 45 Destroyer.