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Armed action at city's waterfront
Sir Galahad
The Sir Galahad is one of the many military displays at the bay
A feast of military action on the land, sea and in the air greeted visitors to Cardiff's waterfront this weekend.

The city is hosted a two-day tribute to the armed forces with displays by the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Highlights included helicopter aerobatics, a replica of Nelson's signal boat, and a flight-past a Battle of Britain Spitfire and Lancaster.

The event was part of the Sea Britain Festival, marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

HMS Pickle, an Anglesey-based replica of the vessel which carried Nelson's battle orders to the fleet, is among the many boats filling up the dock front.

Clipper yachts moored in Cardiff Bay
Ten racing yachts are moored at Mermaid Quay

The schooner was also the vessel which brought back to Britain the news that Nelson had won the battle but lost his life.

She is alongside the 10 68ft yachts taking part in the round-the-world Clipper 05-06 race later this year.

One of the vessels, the New York Clipper, was formally named by round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox Johnston on Saturday.

Malcolm and Chris Gough, from Hertfordshire, were at Mermaid Quay on Friday to meet daughter Helen, a crew member on the Western Australia clipper.

Mr Gough said he was impressed at the changes to Cardiff since he last visited 20 years ago, as well as with this weekend's event.

He said: "We didn't know all this was on. I'm very impressed with the way they have explained it to people and the work that's been put into it."

A range of army and RAF displays unfold as people walk around the bay to the barrage from Roald Dahl Plass in front of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Tornado jet
A Tornado jet is one of the RAF's displays over the weekend

One of the first things that people will see is the replacement Sir Galahad moored in Roath Basin, close to the Goleulong 2000 Lightship.

Nearer the barrage, the displays and activities include static parachute jumps, climbing walls, a submarine simulator and a range of army tanks and historic military vehicles.

The highlight of the RAF's exhibition is a full-size Tornado fighter jet, with steps allowing visitors to look into the cockpit.

Among the visitors this weekend are Mike and Vicki Evans, from Carmarthen, with their children Steffan, 13, Rhys, 10, and Cai, two.

"It will be nice for the boys - they will thoroughly enjoy it," said Mrs Evans.

Roger and Vicky Smith have sailed in from Portishead with their children Tom, 15, and Chris 13.

Mr Smith said: "We were in time to see the clipper's coming in. It's a happening place."




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