In only her second ever visit to her adopted city, the Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon will sail into Cardiff on Wednesday (May 14) for five days.
Arriving early, the 152-metre ship will build on the already strong bond which has formed between this modern ship and Cardiff in a very short time.
And HMS Dragon will also receive the greatest honour which the capital can bestow – the Freedom of the City of Cardiff; only the 10th organisation to have received this great accolade since records began in 1886 and proudly building on the fond legacy which began with Type 42 destroyer HMS Cardiff back in 1988.
The ultra-modern Type 45 destroyer has a packed schedule which kicks off in earnest on Thursday as hundreds of young people from schools and colleges across the area go on board as part of pre-arranged tours, before civic dignitaries and other guests will go on board for a capability demonstration in the evening.
The schools and colleges visits continue on Friday and on Saturday it is the turn of local Cardiff people to get their own taste of life on the ocean wave when HMS Dragon opens her gangway to members of the public.
Press Release, May 12, 2014; Image: Royal Navy