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Plymouth crew exercises freedom of Welsh town

The crew of HMS Monmouth exercises the Freedom of Monmouth Credit: Royal Navy

Devonport-based HMS Monmouth has made a return visit to her "home town" for the first time in three years.

The ship was given the Freedom of the town of Monmouth in 2004 and on Sunday (21 March) the crew exercised this right by parading through the town in the traditional style, bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying. They were cheered by hundreds of residents.

The ship leaves Cardiff on Thursday (24 March) to return to her base port of Plymouth for routine maintenance ahead of intensive operational training in the summer.