Strollers on Penarth Pier and the Esplanade tonight were able to see the warship HMS Kent being guided past the Penarth Pier and Penarth Head towards Cardiff Docks in the evening light.
HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy . She was built by BAE Systems on the Clyde and launched in 1998 by Princess Alexandra of Kent.
As she came in to Cardiff HMS Kent was accompanied – as is standard practice these days – by an armed police anti-terrorist unit on board the South Wales Police high speed rigid inflatable boat Polmar.
Kent is in Cardiff on a routine courtesy visit – but it also coincides with a major publicity campaign taking place this month promoting the work done by the Royal Navy Reserve .
The warship has had a colourful career to date including a deployment in the Persian Gulf alongside USS Carl Vinson and other US Navy fleet units in efforts against smugglers, pirates, terrorists and also in the fight against ISIS .
Although Kent – a Type 23 frigate – was able to operate in the Middle East without problems, the Royal Navy’s newer fleet of six Type 45 destroyers have been breaking down when deployed in the warm waters of the Gulf because their turbine engines seem unable to cope with extreme temperatures .