Officers representing HMS Dragon (Cardiff), HMS Scott (Swansea), HMS Severn (Newport), HMS Monmouth (Monmouth) and HMS Express (Cardiff/Swansea Universities) gathered together in support of the British Warships Association garden party in aid of the Royal Navy Royal Marine charity.
The 120 guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, with displays from the Royal Marine combat team and a field gun run from TS Cardiff Sea Cadets, who the previous day had become national champions, winning all five competition cups on offer.
Guests also had the opportunity to enjoy a maritime art exhibition which showcased the talent of local artists.
A sumptuous high tea was taken in a marquee to the music of the award winning RAF St Athan volunteer band. Lord Lieutenants from three counties, business leaders, members of the Welsh Livery Guild and the Captain Scott Society all joined together to show their appreciation of the sailors, their professionalism and the work of the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy Reserve Unit HMS Cambria led the Beat the Retreat lowering the ensign over the castle, to the tune of a lone bugler, to draw this special event to a close.