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Naval Crew March Through Somerset

Crew of HMS Somerset Photo: ITV West Country

The crew from HMS Somerset have marched through Bath exercising their 'freedom' of the city.

They will also be renewing the ship's traditional honour at a special ceremony in the Guildhall.

The Royal Navy frigate recently returned to Devonport, Plymouth, following a six-month maritime security patrol in the Middle East.

Dozens of crew members marched through the city of Bath to mark the end of the operation.

Traditionally, the freedom of the city allows the crew to march with ‘swords drawn and bayonets fixed’. In the modern version the event is a chance for members of the public to cheer on the sailors, some of whom will have been overseas for a full two years in the last four.

Crew of HMS Somerset Credit: ITV West Country
HMS Somerset Credit: Royal Navy

Somerset’s ship’s company has achieved a great deal since the last time we marched through this great city; four operational deployments in four years. We have strong ties to our affiliated cities and these visits provide opportunities for the public to meet their Royal Navy and the men and women who repeatedly deploy on their behalf.

– Commander Paul Bristowe, HMS Somerset

HMS Somerset is now in dry dock where she is being re-fitted; ready to go back in action next year.