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SA to welcome 'HMS Iron Duke' in style

The HMS Iron Duke will receive a 21 gun salute when it nears Robben island tomorrow morning.

The South African Navy will welcome a British Royal Navy ship to Cape Town in grand style. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Navy will welcome a British Royal Navy ship to Cape Town in grand style.

The HMS Iron Duke will receive a 21 gun salute when it nears Robben Island around 7:30 tomorrow morning.

The vessel left the UK in June on operational deployment.

HMS Iron Duke is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, and the third ship to bear the name.

Iron Duke was launched on 2 March 1991 by Lady Jane King in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.

Capetonians are used to hearing the sound of the noon gun at least once a day.

But tomorrow will be different.

The Navy's Chief Petty Officer, Dudley Malgas says the Signal Hill Noon Gun will be used in a 21 gun salute to welcome the HMS Iron Duke.

"They will follow with their 21 gun salute, and we will then respond with our 21 gun salute."

It's going to be a noisy affair, but Malgas has welcomed spectators on Signal Hill tomorrow.

He spent yesterday practicing for the ceremonial welcome.

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