Warfare in News

Posted on Thursday 10th May

HMS Belfast, an iconic London landmark, will be ready to welcome visitors once again onto her historic decks from 18 May 2012 after being closed since Tuesday, 29 November 2011 when part of her access gangway collapsed.

[i[Belfast, located in the heart of the capital, made history during her service in the Second World War and the Korean War and for the past 40 years has been a much loved visitor attraction.

Director of HMS Belfast, Phil Reed said:
'Since her arrival on the Thames, more than 40 years ago, she has grown to be a national symbol of the efforts and endurance of sailors who took part in the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War and Korea.

'Its re-opening in May has been a long time coming and is a cause for great celebration. And that is what we
plan to do – celebrate, with all manner of exciting, fun and engaging activities and attractions on board.'

On the weekend of 26-27 May, a summer jamboree of free activities will take place to mark the re-opening of the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. For more details visit the website.

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