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HMS Tamar Receives A Special Welcome In Falmouth

The ceremony cemented her relationship with the City of Truro as she arrived in Falmouth for maintenance.

HMS Tamar received a special welcome as she arrived in Falmouth on Good Friday for maintenance .

It was an opportunity for the Royal Navy's  new 'green' warship to cement her affiliation with the City of Truro.

A COVID-compliant gathering was held on the upper foredeck and where gifts were presented after light refreshments.

The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho was piped aboard and received by Tamar's Executive Officer, Lieutenant Lucy Robus, supported by First Lieutenant Thomas Adlam.

Also present was the High Sheriff of Cornwall, Kate Holborow, the Chair of Cornwall Council, Hilary Frank, the Mayor of Truro, Cllr Bert Biscoe and the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen.

The Lord Lieutenant presented a St Piran's flag, explaining the significance of it being the 'national flag' of Cornwall.

Mayor Biscoe presented a Cornish Bible with a personalised inscription from the city of Truro and the people of Cornwall.

Pictured from L to R: HMS Tamar Executive Officer Lt Lucy Robus, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, 1st Lt Thomas Adlam and The Bishop of Truro Rt Rev Philip (HM Naval Base Devonport/Facebook).

Both items were blessed by the Bishop who linked the ceremony with the Easter weekend.

A tweet from the HMS Tamar Twitter account said the ship was "delighted" to be back in her affiliated county.

The message ended: "Tamar Bys Vykken" which is Cornish for "Tamar forever!"

HMS Tamar is the Navy's 'greenest' ship due to being fitted with catalytic converters which reduce nitrogen-based emissions from her engine exhausts by up to 95%.

During the ceremony, Mayor Biscoe presented a framed poem he had written about returning to port following a sea passage.

Cllr Hilary Frank read a passage from Sir Walter Raleigh about seafaring and life's aspirations.

The ceremony was finalised with a formal 'breaking out of the flag' hoisted from the port halliard.

HMS Tamar is the fourth of five Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels to join the fleet, having arrived in Portsmouth from BAE Systems' shipyards on Clyde, Scotland, last March.

In October, the fifth and final Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel arrived in Portsmouth

In December, HMS Tamar conducted board and search training with specialist commando units in Plymouth Sound.

Tamar can perform a variety of roles from intercepting drug-traffickers and smugglers to protecting UK territorial waters and providing humanitarian assistance in the wake of a disaster, according to the Royal Navy.

Cover image: HMS Tamar with the St Piran’s flag – the national flag of Cornwall (Picture: HM Naval Base Devonport/Facebook).