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A Visit to HMS Westminster at Liverpool Cruise Terminal

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2014

On the afternoon of Sunday June 22, the Merseyside Branch of the World Ship Society visited HMS WESTMINSTER. By pure coincidence this was on the exact 18th Anniversary of the Merseyside Branch's previous visit which took place on June 22 1996.  Members enjoyed a very thorough, informative and interesting tour of the type 23 frigate guided by one of the ship's writers. The visit also provided the opportunity to meet one of the aircraft technicians who showed the group around the Merlin helicopter very snugly fitted into its hangar.
The hangar which houses the ship's Merlin helicopter.
Flight deckInside the Merlin helicopter inside the hangar.
The quarter deck, located below the flight deck. The sonar winch, sonar and sonar control cabin is located here.
Junior Rates Mess and wash room
Ship's galley
Senior Rates dining room - note the healthy eating notices!Junior Rates dining room - note the London Underground Westminster Station sign. The station is one of the ship's many affiliations.
Views of and from the bridge


Hi-tech meets tradition - bosun's calls on the helmsman's panel.
"Bobby" the man overboard dummyName plateHarpoon Missile LauncherShip's crest
View aft from the fo'csle Seawolf Missile silo neared to the camera, harpoon launcher behind in front of bridge.
The 4.5inch BAE systems mark 8 naval gun

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