Royal Navy training ship calls in at Cornish port
A Royal Navy ship has returned to a North Cornwall resort to cement its links with the community.
HMS Dasher, P2000 class coastal training vessel, has been a taking pride of place in the harbour at Padstow for the last four days.
The visit of the ship, which is working with Bristol University's Royal Naval unit, was also an opportunity for a rededication service which was attended by local schoolchildren.
The Dasher, which is in its 25th year of service, gives students a chance to spend time at sea, both on sea weekends, and longer deployments during longer university breaks in the holidays.
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Mid-Shipmen Liz Connell, one of 69 members of the Royal Naval unit studying on the ship, said it was great to be on board. She said: "I can't even drive a car, so to say you can drive a Royal Navy ship is really good."
Lt Cdr Charles Collins, the ship's Commanding Officer, said the company enjoyed visiting Padstow, adding: "We're extremely happy to get involved with the local community."
The vessel is named after the aircraft carrier HMS Dasher, a merchant vessel converted into an aircraft carrier.
She sank in March 1943, less than two years after she was commissioned into the Royal Navy, when an explosion ripped through the ship.
Only 149 of her 528 company survived the incident off the coast of Ardrossan in Scotland.
The modern-day Dasher arrived at the North Cornwall port on Thursday and her visit also included an appearance by the Royal Marine Band.
She was due to sail from Padstow this morning.