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Isle of Anglesey County Council

Special day celebrates Armed Forces community

Posted on 21 May 2019

The UK’s on-duty warship, HMS St Albans, will visit the Port of Holyhead to celebrate North Wales Armed Forces Day.

With five radar systems, six sonar systems and eight weapon systems, together with 185 crew, she is one of the world’s most versatile warships.

As part of North Wales Armed Forces Day this Saturday (May 25th), some 250 members of the public will enjoy a free tour the ship.

Another highlight of the day will be a special ceremony to mark awarding the Freedom of the County to the Royal Navy Submarine Service. This will include a parade through the town of Holyhead by members of the Armed Forces community and veterans.

The Royal Navy Submarine service is one of the three fighting arms of the Royal Navy. It is known as the silent service, as submariners must operate undetected.

Anglesey’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Richard Dew, extended a warm welcome to the public and armed forces community.

He said, “The Isle of Anglesey County Council is delighted to be hosting this year’s North Wales Regional Armed Forces Day.”

“The visit of HMS St Albans and Freedom Ceremony will form an important part of the celebrations in Holyhead. Serving personnel and veterans will be assured of a very warm welcome next Saturday.”

He added, “The day will give us an opportunity to show our appreciation of the work carried out by the Armed Forces and their continued commitment in keeping our country safe.”

Senior Royal Navy Officer in charge of submarines, Rear Admiral John Weale CB OBE will be attending the Freedom Parade and inspecting the Guard. 

He said, “It’s a great honour for the Submarine Service to receive the Freedom of the Isle of Anglesey, especially as this is the year where the Royal Navy is celebrating 50 years of the Continuous At Sea Deterrent. I hope that the weekend of commemoration and celebrations will provide an excellent opportunity for members of the public to meet many members of the Armed Forces. Anglesey will be a wonderful backdrop for the Parade with one of our Type 23 frigates, HMS St Albans, alongside and open to visitors. I look forward to seeing you all there.” 

The Freedom Ceremony will begin on Newry Beach at 11.00am on Saturday, May 25th, followed by a parade through the town of Holyhead. Partners in the Armed Forces community will also be holding various activities at Newry Beach in Holyhead between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

These will include an inflatable assault course, Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Royal Corps of Signals Band, various weapon system, field hospital and various other displays.

Please note: All free tickets for the tour of HMS St Albans have now be allocated.

Ends 21.5.19

Posted on 21 May 2019