Barrow in Furness sits at the heart of the UK’s scientific and technological community that keeps the Royal Navy on the leading edge of global submarine and nuclear technologies

Rear Admiral John Weale, Head of the UK Submarine Service

Mine Counter Measure Vessel HMS Ramsey, was berthed at Town Quay over the weekend, welcoming members of the public on board on Saturday and Sunday.

As well as participating in the parade, the Royal Marines band performed a public concert in the Forum Theatre at 3pm on Saturday.

The Submarine Service launched a new public information trailer at the event, providing a taste of life on board a submarine through pictures, videos, periscope imagery and the opportunity to talk to serving submariners.

Rear Admiral John Weale, Head of the UK Submarine Service, said: “Barrow in Furness sits at the heart of the UK’s scientific and technological community that keeps the Royal Navy on the leading edge of global submarine and nuclear technologies.

“The borough and the Royal Navy have worked closely together for more than a century: from HMS Holland 4 and HMS A1 being laid down in 1902, through the Swiftsure and Trafalgar class boat builds of the 1970s and 80s, and now the town is building our seven 21st Century Astute class submarines – arguably the most capable attack submarine in the world.

Commodore Gary Doyle, Naval Regional Commander North of England, said: “The event was a great success. It was terrific to see so many people come out to show their support for the submarine service despite the poor weather.

“Around 3,000 people visited HMS Ramsey and the recruitment village on Saturday and a further two thousand did so on Sunday, while several hundred people lined the dock to wave off the ship on its departure.

“I think this is a wonderful illustration of the close relationship enjoyed by the Navy and the people of Barrow, which we see echoed elsewhere in the region, and the appreciation which the public has for the vital role performed by our people in protecting the nation’s interests.

“I would like to thank them, as well as the local authorities who put so much hard work into the organising the weekend’s events and ensuring they passed off so smoothly.”

Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) (Submariner)

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