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Royal Navy Reserve Unit set for Swansea honour

A Royal Navy Reserve Unit could soon be granted honorary freedom of the City and County of Swansea.

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A meeting of Full Council is taking place at Guildhall on Thursday January 25 where Councillors will consider granting the honour to HMS Cambria.

If approved, a ceremonial meeting of council will be held on Saturday March 17 to confer the title.

Commissioned in 1947, the HMS Cambria is the only Royal Navy Reserve unit in Wales. HMS Cambria has strong local connections, with over a third of the ship's company living in Swansea and many reservists working in the city.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "Reservists play an increasingly vital role in the Royal Navy, often taking part in operations around the world. Not only do they potentially put their lives at risk, but they also play an important part in promoting a greater understanding of the Royal Navy and its work.

"Here in Swansea, we're enormously proud of our serving and former Armed Forces men and women. Granting Honorary Freedom of the City and County of Swansea to HMS Cambria will further show how much the council and communities across the city appreciate everything our Armed Forces do to protect the freedom and democracy that we cherish."

If the honour is granted, HMS Cambria will follow in the footsteps of the 215 (City of Swansea) Air Cadets Squadron, who were granted freedom of the City and County of Swansea in March, 2016.

Others to have been granted the honour over the years include former Wales football manager Chris Coleman, former American President Jimmy Carter, the late Lord Callaghan, the late John Charles, HMS Scott, 1st The Queen's Dragoon guards and Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

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