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HMS Portland company hold freedom of borough parade

HMS Portland
Image caption HMS Portland was awarded freedom of the borough of Weymouth and Portland in 2009

Officers and company of a Royal Navy frigate have exercised their freedom to parade through the borough which bears its name.

A service and parade through Weymouth honoured HMS Portland - it was awarded freedom of the borough of Weymouth and Portland in 2009.

The Plymouth-based ship's company also marched along Weymouth seafront.

The Type 23 frigate has recently undergone extensive maintenance at Rosyth Royal Dockyard in Fife.

A service at Weymouth Cenotaph was led by Rev Chris Bigg.

Commanding Officer Sarah West said it was a very memorable and proud occasion in Portland's history.

She said: "I and my ship's company are delighted to be a part of it."

Councillor Margaret Leicester, mayor of Weymouth and Portland, said: "We're all very proud of the captain and the ship's company in playing their part in a memorable day as honoured residents of our borough."

Commissioned in 2001, HMS Portland is set to be deployed to the South Atlantic early next year.

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