And once more the new year has started, so it welcomes another annual event in the RN schedule!
Full article can be found hereHAILED as the biggest public event in the Senior Serviceâ€™s 2006 calendar, Navy Days will be hosted in Plymouth from August 26-28.
Naval base bosses selected HMS Grafton at the London Boat Show to unveil their plans for the bi-annual show which gives the public the rare opportunity to climb aboard Senior Service warships and see how the sailors, submariners and Royal Marines of today live and work.
This year around 17 Royal Navy surface ships and two nuclear-powered submarines are due to open their â€˜doorsâ€™ to the public.
There will also be a spectacular river display from the Royal Marines; the commandosâ€™ dynamic displays have become a firm favourite of Navy Days.
This year visitors will be able to see some of the work carried out by anti-terror and drug patrols, complete with explosions, and Royal Marines fast roping out of helicopters.
The Royal Navy of the future will also be very much in the spotlight over the three days.
Demonstrators of the new Type 45 destroyer, successor to the Sea Harrier â€“ the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter â€“ will be on display together with the Astute-class nuclear submarine.
British warships are not the only vessels that will be on display. A number of foreign warships, merchant ships and tall ships will be alongside for people to visit. German frigate FGS Hessen has already confirmed her attendance before she undertakes training with Flag Officer Sea Training, based in Devonport.
The last Navy Days, held over the August bank holiday weekend of 2004, attracted more than 45,000 people.
Navy Days Officer Captain David Larmour said: â€œThe Navy Days team are working hard to ensure that the 2006 event is really first-class.
â€œWe have an exciting range of ships and aircraft dedicated to the event already, and the river and arena displays will be dynamic and dramatic.
â€œAs well as demonstrating our current capability, Navy Days 2006 will be forward looking and the future navy is a key theme. In all it will provide a really entertaining and informative spectacle with wide appeal.â€