HMS Monmouth strengthens links with Drapers company

The Royal Navy warship HMS Monmouth underlined its links with the annual service for the Worshipful Company of Drapers after a seven-month deployment

Three sailors from the crew of the Plymouth-based and Monmouth affiliated frigate, known as the Black Duke, were attended as guests at the service in St Michael’s Hall at Cornhill, London.

The Drapers’ Livery company has a long and distinguished links with the Senior Service. Lord Nelson himself was a member of the company and former Chief of Defence Staff Lord Boyce is soon to take over as the Master.

Lieutenant Ed Phillips, Lieutenant Charli Thomas and Leading Seaman David Bell were privileged to attend the ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of the past and to ask a blessing for the efforts of the future.

Lt Phillips said:

“We were honoured to be able to attend the service and recognise the good work that the Drapers achieve for the community around them, including their very generous donation to our own welfare fund.

"They continue to honour the very high standards of charity and service that have become their heritage.” 

Originally founded as a professional association, the Draper’s Company now focuses its efforts as a charitable institution.

During their visit they were talked through the fascinating history and heritage of the Drapers, right from their foundation in 1361 and whose hall was purchased from the Crown in 1543, having originally been Thomas Cromwell’s London mansion.

The heritage of the company is particularly evident in their hall, with historic paintings on every wall of some of their most prominent members.

The Plymouth-based warship has recently returned from deployment to the Arabian Gulf region as part of an international effort to deter piracy and smuggling, taking its turn to provide the standing commitment to maritime security in the region which the Royal Navy has maintained for over 30 years.

HMS Monmouth celebrated 20 years of service in May and will spend the remainder of 2013 deployed in UK waters.

We were honoured to be able to attend the service and recognise the good work that the Drapers achieve for the community around them, including their very generous donation to our own welfare fund.

Lieutenant Ed Phillips RN