The whole series of events were really well executed and it was great fun to be a part of it

Midshipman Thomas Dunn

A well attended reception took place in the evening which included a ceremonial presentation of the dispatch to the Commanding Officer, Commander Trish Kohn for transport back to England.

Having received the dispatch HMS Northumberland then sailed for Broadstairs in Kent – the same place where history was made in June 1815 when Major Percy came ashore with the news that Napoleon was beaten.

The Type 23 frigate anchored off Broadstairs and was the backdrop for a series of events on the beach commemorating the arrival of the dispatch. 

Midshipman Thomas Dunn, said: “The whole series of events were really well executed and it was great fun to be a part of it. It was well attended with thousands lining the beach to see the events.” 

HMS Northumberland now sails north to visit her affiliated town of Newcastle. Having spent the large majority of the last two years deployed to the Arabian Gulf or training for operations the ship’s company is looking forward to taking the ship home to where she was built.

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