HMS Kent to visit London

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will visit London May 14 and 15 on her way to take part in the Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations.

This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, a naval battle fought between Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy’s High Seas Fleet during the First World War.

HMS Kent will leave London for Rosyth, a major port and key ship building area of the First World War, where she will take part in events organised by the Scottish Government at South Queensferry. She will then sail for Scapa Flow where she will provide a gun salute.

Whilst HMS Kent is London she will conduct a Capability Demonstration for representatives of London’s emergency services, showing the Royal Navy’s ability to deliver defense diplomacy and disaster relief, through to high end warfighting.

The Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Thomas said: “Taking a Royal Navy warship to London is always a huge honour but particularly so in the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The voyage to London is also special for HMS KENT as the Thames borders our affiliated County and we look forward to welcoming dignitaries and friends onboard and demonstrating the Royal Navy’s ability to protect the UK and its citizens in times of need.”