Navy Warship HMS Somerset to visit Leith as part of Festival

HMS Somerset to visit Leith. Picture; contributed

HMS Somerset to visit Leith. Picture; contributed

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ROYAL Navy warship HMS Somerset is to visit Edinburgh this weekend with the public being granted access to the warship as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

The Type 23 Frigate was recently involved in an operation which saw the largest haul of cocaine in UK history and will be open to the public on Sunday, July 31.

Youth groups and local organisations will be welcomed on board with pre-arranged tours,

Dignitaries and invited guests invited for a live demonstration on Monday, August 1.

The Clyde-built warship will arrive in the city on Friday evening and will be open to Sea Cadets on Saturday.

Commander Tim Berry said: “The Royal Navy has always maintained strong links with Leith and her surrounding maritime community, so we are much looking forward to the visit, which should be great fun.

“Opening HMS Somerset to the public will give the local community an exciting and unique insight into life on board a modern and highly capable naval warship. My sailors will also be looking forward to stepping ashore after a period at sea on national tasking.”

The navy ship will leave Edinburgh on Wednesday afternoon.