HMS Penzance visits Wales for Falklands memorial

HMS Penzance is equipped with state-of-the-art technology - essential when operating in a minefield Credit: Ministry of Defence

Royal Navy mine-hunter HMS Penzance sails into Swansea today as part of the Falklands’ 30th anniversary.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Alex Bush and his crew will attend a memorial service in Swansea’s St Mary’s Church tomorrow.

It's just one of the events taking place across Wales to mark the anniversary of the conflict.

Lt Cdr Bush said they were ‘delighted’ to be spending four days in Wales.

I am immensely proud to be bringing my ship to Swansea for what is bound to be a reflective and hopefully uplifting event. Although on this occasion we will not be open to the public for tours, I know my ship and her crew always receive a warm welcome in South Wales and I’m looking forward to our visit very much.

HMS Penzance is one of seven Sandown class mine-hunters.

Five of the class are usually based at HMNB Clyde in Scotland, while two others are on permanent deployment in the Gulf.