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In pictures: HMS Monmouth crew enjoy freedom parade

More than 120 crew of HMS Monmouth have marched through their namesake town.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets, clapping and cheering, as the Royal Navy personnel exercised their rights to the freedom of Monmouth.

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Image caption The parade ended at the castle
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Image caption In his welcome, the mayor said: "We first bestowed the freedom of the town to HMS Monmouth in 2003 and since then our ties have gone from strength to strength, and I am sure over the coming years the ties will become even stronger"
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Image caption The crew were inspected by the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken
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Image caption This was the final opportunity for the current crew of the "Black Duke" to exercise their right to march through the town before the ship undergoes a refit
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Image caption The sailors began their march from Monnow Bridge
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Image caption The sailors of HMS Monmouth were led on the march by the band of the Royal Marines
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Image caption While the vessel undergoes its refit, the company will transfer to sister ship HMS Montrose

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