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HMS Iron Duke Arrives In Liverpool For Armed Forces Day 2017

The Type 23 frigate, originally built for anti-submarine warfare, will represent the Royal Navy at this weekend's event...

HMS Iron Duke has arrived in Liverpool ready to take centre stage at this year's Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Type 23 frigate, originally built for anti-submarine warfare, will represent the Royal Navy at this weekend's event, hosting as many as 10,000 visitors over two days.

In her 24 years at sea her role has massively changed, and nowadays the crew can just as likely be found doing counter-piracy and humanitarian work. 

Navy HMS Iron Duke Armed Forces Day Liverpool

The ship's company can range from 150 to 200 personnel, depending on where HMS Iron Duke is deployed.

Currently 40 sailors here are under training – getting those initial skills which will see them through their Navy career. 

The crew has just returned from Exercise Baltops, where they trained alongside 50 ships and 14 nations, boosting NATO's presence in the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe. 

Navy HMS Iron Duke Armed Forces Day Liverpool

By road it's 250 miles from Portsmouth to Liverpool, but HMS Iron Duke had to take a slightly longer route by sea.

The crew had to navigate 485 nautical miles, all the way along the South coast, round Cornwall and up past Wales to get to Liverpool 29 hours later.

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