I’m excited about the opportunity of celebrating 200 years of the US National Anthem with the Americans and there are some amazing events that I will be part of.

Leading Seaman David Laird

During their time in Baltimore, which is just 30 miles from the US capital, Argyll’s sailors will play an integral part in several commemorative events including ceremonies at Fort McHenry and a service to honour the victims of the 9/11 attack in 2001.

The Plymouth based Type 23 frigate will also host VIPs and members of the general public aboard to show what the Royal Navy is capable of doing worldwide.

Leading Seaman David Laird said; I’m excited about the opportunity of celebrating 200 years of the US National Anthem with the Americans and there are some amazing events that I will be part of. 

“I am also looking forward to seeing the sights of Baltimore after our time at sea on Atlantic Patrol.”

The Spectacular is one of a series of events held in the USA to mark the bicentenary of the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States, with the Royal Navy providing representation at many of the anniversary events.

In the case of celebrations in Baltimore, they honour the work of Francis Scott Key who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the Royal Navy in the Chesapeake Bay and turned his impressions into the poem The Defence of Fort McHenry