Today marked an historic day for Medway, as the warship HMS Medway was officially commissioned into the Royal Navy here in Chatham.
It is extremely rare that a ship is able to be commissioned at the place from which she takes her name, and Medway Conservatives were delighted to be able to uphold their manifesto commitment to ensure that this spectacular occasion took place here in Medway. The official ceremony was followed by a tour of the ship for guests, and Conservative councillors greatly enjoyed the chance for some fascinating conversations with the ship's crew. We wish them all the very best as we continue to move Forward Together!
Medway and its people enjoy an incredibly special connection to their military and naval heritage and the welcome that the ship and her crew have received and the public interest in her arrival and commissioning has been outstanding. Earlier in the year HMS Medway was granted the freedom of Medway, and on Saturday a parade to mark this shall be held in Chatham from 11am for all to enjoy.