Our affiliation with Grimsby is a very strong one and much appreciated by all on board the ship – it always feels like a special homecoming for us

Lieutenant Greg Richards, HMS Grimsby's Executive Officer

The parade will then halt for a wreath laying and service, which will be followed by heritage aircraft air displays.

“We are delighted and proud to be back in our twin town this weekend playing an active role in their Armed Forces Day celebrations,” said Greg. “Our affiliation with Grimsby is a very strong one and much appreciated by all on board the ship – it always feels like a special homecoming for us.

“Armed Forces Day is an occasion where members of the Armed Forces and the public can come together – often quite a rare occurrence. It allows people to understand more about our work, whether at home or further afield, and we are always humbled when shown such support and appreciation.”

Mayor of Grimsby, Armed Forces Champion for North East Lincolnshire and a former member of the Royal Navy for more than 20 years, Councillor Alex Baxter said: “We are absolutely delighted to see our own seagoing ‘Grimbarians’ return to the Borough for Armed Forces Day.

“They are all very much part of our family and, we will ensure a warm welcome with a well-deserved run-ashore. The public of North East Lincolnshire will turn out in numbers to see our own ‘Ship’s Company’ lead our Armed Forces Day parade on Saturday 28th June.”

This crew participation follows on from a visit to Grimsby by the ship in January this year.

During their time in their adopted town, HMS Grimsby sailors will also be presented with a new copy of their Freedom certificate to replace the original one which has become quite worn over the years.

HMS Grimsby, a Sandown-Class mine hunter, spent much of 2012 under the watchful eye of engineers and technicians at Rosyth, where she underwent a £3.9 million refit. Her hull finally returned to the water in October 2013 and she is in the process of undergoing sea trails off the coast of Scotland. Once all her milestones are achieved and she is fully back in the Fleet, she will return to operational duties working around the UK.

HMS Grimsby was built by Vosper Thornycroft at its Southampton yard and was launched by Lady Candice Blackham on August 10 1998. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on September 25 1999 and is the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name.

Armed Forces Day (AFD) is a national occasion to honour and celebrate the UK’s Armed Forces past and present. AFD is an opportunity for the public to show their support for the Armed Forces for their outstanding contribution to this country. Service personnel are engaged in operational theatres worldwide, often in difficult and dangerous conditions. The Armed Forces community is diverse and includes reservists, veterans, cadets and service families. The promises made in the Armed Forces Covenant recognise the sacrifices, big and small, made by the Armed Forces Community. 

To find out more about events happening in support of AFD visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk

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