December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, February 8, 2013
HMS Dauntless has arrived at her adopted home port for a weekend of events.
The state of the art Type 45 destroyer sailed into Great Yarmouth’s outer harbour at around 9am. It is the second time she has visited the town and excitement has been building for weeks about her visit.
Dauntless was greeted on the waves by Caister Lifeboat around three miles from the coast and was steered into her berth with help from a tug boat.
Paul Garrod, chairman of Caister Lifeboat - an independent service that is supported by Dauntless’ crew - said it was a “great honour” to welcome the warship into Yarmouth.
“We got some waves from the bridge and we waved back frantically,” he added.
Members of the media were welcomed on board after she had docked to interview her new commanding officer Adrian Fryer, and look around her state of the art weaponry and facilities.
Later this afternoon the crew will host the emergency services for a resilience capability demonstration, followed by visits from Lowestoft College and East Norfolk College.
The day will be rounded off with an evening on board reception for invited guests, including town dignitaries and crew from Caister Lifeboat.
Tomorrow the ship’s company will head out into the community to take part in charity activities and meet with residents.
They will then welcome further visitors on board including Yarmouth sea cadets, members of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Special Olympians and students from the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, near Ipswich, which is one of the ship’s affiliated organisations.
Sunday is expected to bring a sea of visitors into Yarmouth when the crew take part in a parade through the town and a special service in held in the Minster.
Maritime enthusiasts will also get the chance to step on board the warship and see her up close, when she lowers her gang plank from 10am - 3pm.
Mr Garrod said: “I think the whole town is behind the weekend and let’s hope there’s a lot of people who come out on Sunday.”