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Cambridge to welcome Royal Navy crew
– last updated Fri 10 Aug 2012
HMS Protector to visit Cambridge Photo: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Cambridge might be more used to punts, but it is about to welcome the crew of a Royal Navy ship.
The HMS Protector, the Navy’s 5000-tonne Antarctic patrol vessel is to visit the region on Monday – marking her first visit to her affiliated city of Cambridge since the formal link was established a year ago.
The ship will dock at nearby Ipswich on Friday August 10 at approximately 6pm, remaining in port until next Wednesday morning.
During her time at the Suffolk town, HMS Protector’s crew will spend a full day in its twin city of Cambridge visiting both East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Milton facility and the British Antarctic Survey headquarters, with which she already has a close working relationship.
On Saturday evening, the Commanding Officer, Captain Peter Sparkes, will hold a small reception and capability demonstration for invited guests, including civic dignitaries and affiliate representatives from Cambridge.
This is followed on Monday by a visit to their affiliated charity, EACH at Milton, Cambridge.
It is a chance for crew members to meet the staff and youngsters and to present money raised by everyone on the ship during the recent deployment and will be shared among EACH projects.
Also on Monday, the crew will continue their visits in the city at the headquarters of the British Antarctic Survey.
“It is both a real pleasure and a genuine privilege to be able to bring HMS Protector to Ipswich and spend time in our newly affiliated city of Cambridge,” said Captain Sparkes. “The visit presents an excellent opportunity for us to build on the strong ties that we have already established.
“We are very much looking forward to learning more about EACH and also to visiting the British Antarctic Survey “
HMS York and HMS Edinburgh for sale on Navy website
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS York is to be sold-off by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The MoD’s Disposal Services Authority has put the ship and another Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh, up for sale on its website.
HMS York is affiliated to the city and its crew have regularly visited the region for parades and other events over the years.
The MoD said it was planning to sell the two vessels to another government.
HMS York entered service in 1985 and was deployed in the 2003 Iraq war.
In 2011 it supported operations during the revolution in Libya.
HMS Edinburgh also served in the 2003 Iraq war and underwent a £17.5m refit in 2010.
The ships are being sold as part of the Government’s Strategic Defence Review announced in 2010, which will see the Royal Navy’s surface fleet cut from 23 to 19 ships.