It was an honour to be involved with such an important event.

AB(SEA) Mills

Whilst in Caen, the ship’s company took part in a number of ceremonial engagements, including at Bayeux Cathedral and the British and Commonwealth Cemetery, where Her Majesty the Queen was in attendance with other senior dignitaries.

Navigator’s Yeoman, AB(SEA) Simon Mills said, “It was an honour to be involved with such an important event.

“The feeling of passing through Pegasus Bridge with veterans cheering from the shore was amazing, and to be able to meet the Queen has made everyone back home very jealous.

“But far more importantly we all got to look after and speak to the veterans, some of their stories were quite remarkable and the courage, bravery they all showed 70 years ago was quite humbling.”

After a hugely successful visit to Normandy, the hard work continued when Ledbury sailed from Caen straight to Dartmouth, the home of Royal Navy officer training.

Berthing alongside Britannia Royal Naval College’s Sandquay river facility, she carried out two days of mine warfare acquaint training for the College’s officer cadets.

Whilst alongside, the ship’s company also had the chance to explore the town of Dartmouth and to witness the impressive architecture of Sir Aston Webb’s 1905 college building.

Ledbury’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Mark Headley said, “I have been incredibly proud of the achievements of my sailors over the last few weeks.

It has been a busy and challenging period of maintenance, work up of Mine hunting techniques and Flag Officer Sea Training, culminating in a very high profile period of ceremonial duties.

The way in which Crew 4 has risen to the challenge has demonstrated their professionalism, flexibility, resilience and good humour.”

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