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Naval Reservists Enjoy Freedom of Plymouth

HMS Vivid exercising the Freedom of the City of Plymouth
HMS Vivid exercising the Freedom of the City of Plymouth
HMS Vivid exercising the Freedom of the City of Plymouth

Recently awarded the prestigious civic honour of the Freedom of the City, personnel from HMS Vivid, Plymouth's Royal Navy Reserve Unit, exercised their right to march through the city this weekend.

The reservists were awarded the Freedom of the City by Devon's Lord Lieutenant, Eric Dancer, in recognition of their close associations with the local community. The timing of the award coincides with Vivid's 50th anniversary celebrations which take place in June 2009.

The unit was also recently presented with Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership's 'Volunteer of the Year' award for helping at summer and Christmas fun events.

The Commanding Officer of HMS Vivid, Commander Angie Hancock, said:

"The men and women of HMS Vivid are tremendously proud and grateful to be awarded the Freedom of the City. As we marched through the city centre, with bayonets fixed, drums beating and banners flying, we felt justly proud of the honour bestowed upon us.

"We are always looking at ways to strengthen the already close bond we have with the local community."

With over 140 members in her ship's company, HMS Vivid's reservists form an integral part of Britain's naval forces and have specialist expertise in areas as varied as medicine, logistics, maritime trade, communications and force protection.

In the past year, over 20 Vivid personnel have deployed in support of UK operations in the Middle East, working alongside their full-time Royal Navy counterparts. This trend is set to continue as Plymouth reservists continue to prove their professionalism in the demanding front line environment.