29 Sep 2014
The Commanding Officer and Ship's Company of HMS Westminster, together with the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Westminster, attended Matins at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 28th March 2014.
They were welcomed to the Abbey by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.
The sermon was given by the Reverend Martyn Gough RN, Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Audrey Lewis, read Isaiah 48: 12-21 and Captain Hugh Beard RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Westminster, read St Matthew 8: 18-27.
The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist. The organ was played by Jeremy Woodside, Organ Scholar. Martin
Ford, Assistant Organist, played before the service.
HMS Westminster is a Type 23 Frigate, whose primary role is anti-submarine warfare. Launched on 4th February 1992, she is maintained at high readiness to deploy worldwide to protect Britain's interests by delivering Royal Navy power and support for a wide range of tasking.
HMS Westminster recently returned from an East of Suez deployment. In her seven months away she conducted a record number of counter-narcotics boardings, and mounted counter-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden. She also exercised with US, French, Omani, Tanzanian, Indian, and many other naval forces to maintain the Royal Navy's capability to operate with allies and partners across the globe.
The Order of Service (PDF, 182 KB)
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