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Welcome to HMS Somerset's website. The site is regularly updated with news about the ship, her activities and her ship's company. There is also information about HMS Somerset's history and her numerous affiliations. The aim is to give you an insight into just what goes into keeping a front line warship ready for action and what life is like for the people who make her such a credit to the Royal Navy and the nation she serves.

The present HMS Somerset is the 4th to bear the name and was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. She was launched on 24 June 1994 on the Clyde by Lady Elspeth Layard, wife of the then Second Sea Lord Admiral Sir Michael Layard, and commissioned on 20 September 1996, at Devonport, in the presence of Lady Elspeth and his Grace the Duke of Somerset. HMS Somerset maintains close links with both the Duke of Somerset and the County of Somerset . The ship's motto, adopted in 2005 to celebrate Trafalgar 200 and the ship's close connection with the Dukes of Somerset, is the family motto of the Dukes of Somerset:

'Faith for Duty'

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