Minehunter HMS Brocklesby returns from Gulf to HNMB Portsmouth 08102021 Credit Royal Navy.jpg
Minehunter HMS Brocklesby returning from the Gulf to HNMB Portsmouth in October 2021 (Picture: Royal Navy).
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Trio of Royal Navy ships take starring role in Armed Forces Day celebrations

The annual event is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Minehunter HMS Brocklesby returns from Gulf to HNMB Portsmouth 08102021 Credit Royal Navy.jpg
Minehunter HMS Brocklesby returning from the Gulf to HNMB Portsmouth in October 2021 (Picture: Royal Navy).

Three ships will play a starring role in this year's Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

The Royal Navy has confirmed that three of its ships will feature in this year's Armed Forces Day celebrations in the North Yorkshire town.

Mine Counter-Measures Vessel HMS Brocklesby will be the first to be visible off South Bay on the morning of 20 June when she takes part in the official flag-raising ceremony.

On Monday, she will carry the Armed Forces Day flag which will be brought ashore before being taken to Scarborough's town hall for the formal flag-raising ceremony.

HMS Brocklesby's primary role is to detect and destroy enemy mines but also as an offshore patrol vessel, undertakes coastal duties around the UK and abroad.

The Navy vessel has also played a pivotal role in the development of the latest autonomous systems which will likely replace the Royal Navy's current generation of minehunters. 

The two other ships that will be in position in South Bay in time for the Armed Forces Day national event on Saturday 25 June are Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster and Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tiderace.

Westminster was originally designed for anti-submarine warfare but her versatility has seen her used in a number of fleet roles. 

The 4,900-tonne ship recently returned to service after one of the longest, most comprehensive and most complex revamps in her lifespan.

Her most recent mission saw her patrolling as far north as the Arctic Circle for five months at the end of 2021.

RFA Tiderace, the second of a fleet of four 39,000-tonne tide-class tankers, is part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and provides logistical support to the Royal Navy.

The tanker carries 19,000 cubic metres of fuel but has a secondary role in transporting other supplies and armed forces personnel such as Royal Marine Commandos.

Tiderace sometimes patrols shipping lanes and has been used in humanitarian aid operations.

A helicopter landing pad on the tanker that can support a Chinook, makes Tiderace more versatile than just a tanker.

HMS Prince of Wales (left) refueling from RFA Tiderace (right) during RAS after leaving Reykjavik Iceland 22042022 CREDIT Royal Navy MOD.jpg
HMS Prince of Wales (left) refuelling from RFA Tiderace (right) in April during replenishment at sea after leaving Reykjavik, Iceland, during Arctic role (Picture: Royal Navy).