The affiliation between the ship and city has always been very strong and the ship's company and I have been touched by the warmth of welcome that we have received

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Harris, Commanding Officer of HMS Severn

The ship was first presented with the honorary freedom of the city in 2006 when the captain and crew held the first parade.

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Harris, HMS Severn captain said, “I am immensely proud to have brought Severn back home to Newport for her 15th and final visit prior to her decommissioning next week.

“The affiliation between the ship and city has always been very strong and the ship's company and I have been touched by the warmth of welcome that we have received.’’

HMS Severn has visited Newport 15 times over her 14-year-life, but this is only the second time that she has exercised the freedom to march through the city.

Hugh added, “I would like to thank the Mayor and Council of Newport for allowing us to march through the streets and every one of the well over a thousand people who came out to support us.

“After the ship decommissions next week, her bell will be loaned to the City of Newport for display in the Civic Centre to act as a lasting reminder of the bond of friendship we have shared over the last 14 years.

"Severn has been privileged to be affiliated to Newport, she could not have had a more welcoming and supportive home town."

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