Today, Her Majesty viewed the Type 23 frigate at Portsmouth. The Queen arrived at the navy base and was greeted by Commodore Jeremy Rigby before receiving a Royal Salute and the National Anthem was played.
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As the Duke of Lancaster, The Queen is the ship’s sponsor and takes a ardent interest in her actions throughout the world.
“We are honoured to be hosting a visit from our Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty The Queen, who launched the ship in 1990,” Commanding Officer of HMS Lancaster, Commander Peter Laughton noted.
“It provides us with an excellent opportunity to update Her Majesty on HMS Lancaster’s recent activities including our successful counter-narcotic deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.”
HMS Lancaster was built by the Yarrow yard and is the fourth of 16 Type 23 frigates. In 1992 it joined the Fleet in Portsmouth.
The Lancaster is predominantly used in Caribbean drug-busting missions or east of Suez guaranteeing freedom of the seas.
Upon returning from deployment, the ship is greeted when possible by a Lancaster bomber from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which grants a fly past over Portsmouth Harbour.
In December 2013, the ship returned after a triumphant seven-month deployment in which it seized over £160m worth of drugs.
HMS Lancaster will function predominantly in UK waters this year and will be ready for deployment in 2015.