Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit Plymouth
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Plymouth next Tuesday, February 26.
Prince Charles will visit Plymouth warship HMS Bulwark at sea in his role as Admiral of the Fleet, and Commodore-in-Chief, Plymouth Royal Naval Command and will meet members of the ship’s company.
He will also tour the bridge, operations room, vehicle deck and landing dock.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Commodore-in-Chief, Royal Naval Medical Services, will visit Hasler Company at HMS Drake, Devonport Naval Base and will meet injured service personnel, their families and members of the Royal Navy Medical Services.
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She will then attend a reception for operational Royal Navy Chaplains in the wardroom, HMS Drake as Commodore-in-Chief, the Naval Chaplaincy Service.
HMS Bulwark is the Royal Navy’s Flagship. In Autumn last year, she led the Navy's key deployment to the Mediterranean, Cougar 2012, and returned to British shores at the end of November. Summer 2012 saw her as one of the 'guardians of the Games'; she was stationed off Weymouth to help ensure that Olympic sailing events were safe for all.
Along with her sister ship HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark’s role is to deliver air and sea power, by boat from the landing dock in the belly of the ship and by assault helicopter from the two-spot flight deck. She usually carries 256 troops (with vehicles and combat supplies); this can be increased to up to 405 troops. Bulwark was launched at Barrow-in-Furness in November 2001, and commissioned into the Fleet in April 2005.
The Duchess of Cornwall has been Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Medical Services since 2006. The Duchess was appointed to the position by The Queen.
Hasler Company helps to aid the recovery and re-integration of injured and ill service personnel who have complex needs and require focused and individual attention. More than 152 men and women have joined since 2009. 62 members of the company have now been medically discharged - they are all in employment or education. The company is supported by service and other charities and the Plymouth community.
The Chaplaincy Service is a community of clergy and associates from a variety of denominations, dedicated to giving pastoral care and spiritual and moral leadership to the men and women of the Naval Service and their dependants. The Duchess has been Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service since 2008.
During their time in the region the Royal couple will also visit Braunton, which was badly hit by recent flooding and Exeter Cathedral.
The Prince of Wales visited the area in 2011 when he met tenants in Princetown and attended a Dartmoor National Park Authority meeting.