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Bon voyage to crew of HMS York
7:40am Saturday 15th September 2012 in News
THE CREW of HMS York will parade through the city today.
The 52,000-tonne Type 42 Destroyer has come to the end of her working life in the Navy and will be decommissioned in Portsmouth later this month after 27 years in service.
The ship docked at Hull’s King George’s Dock on Thursday, where it will remain until Tuesday. It will be open to the public tomorrow, between 10am and 4pm.
This morning, crew from the ship will exercise their freedom of entry to the city, with a parade from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, from 11am, which will conclude with a fly past made by the ship’s own Lynx helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron.
The crew of HMS York will also return the freedom scroll, which was presented to the ship’s company when they were granted the freedom of entry in 1991, by the then Lord Mayor.
The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Keith Hyman , will inspect and preside over the parade, and said: “I hope that many residents will come out to join me in welcoming the ship’s company to York for this special occasion.”