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Gibraltarian Royal Navy commander steers his ship on rare London visit

ROYAL NAVY hydrographic ship HMS Enterprise is making a rare visit to London. Whilst berthed in the Capital the Echo-Class Multi Survey Vessel, usually based in Plymouth, will carry out a plethora of ceremonial roles as well as providing the public with an opportunity to get onboard. Amongst those roles is the Ceremony of the Constables Dues at the Tower of London on Monday 24th June. This ancient custom originated in the 14th Century in the reign of King Richard II who decreed that any large navy vessel passing upstream was to pay a levy to the Tower. The levy required was a barrel of navy rum. HMS Enterprise?s primary role is to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic survey which contributes to the safety of mariners both in and out of defence. Primarily a survey ship, she is also a warship armed with two 20mm cannons, three Mk44 miniguns and four General Purpose Machine Guns.

A Gibraltarian Royal Navy commander has spoken of his pride at sailing his ship up the river Thames for a rare port visit to London. The hydrographic ship HMS Enterprise will carry out a number of ceremonial roles in the British capital as well as providing the public with an opportunity to visit on board....

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