It has been a delight for me to meet up with some of Northumberland's previous Commanding Officers and one of the highlights of the day has been cutting the beautiful rededication cake with Able Seaman Jack Smith. I have had a long and proud association with the ship, and long may it continue.

The Ship’s sponsor, Lady Anne Kerr.

Four men in particular found the ceremony quite emotional.  Former workers at the Swan Hunter shipyard, they had helped build HMS Northumberland during the early 90s.

Ken MacDonald, John Farrow, Richard Gonzales and Joe Knox said it had been "very emotional coming back today and we all have a sense of pride after all these years."

Joe said: "It has been an amazing experience to come back and see the ship. It was a great ship to work on - very happy days.

"One of my most memorable experiences was when we sailed on the delivery voyage down to Devonport Naval Base when we delivered the ship from the Yard to the Royal Navy - that was a special week, we were so full of pride."

The ship opened her doors to visitors over the weekend and despite a certain football game they welcomed over 1,500 people on board for a look round the newly refitted frigate.