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Armed Services

Originally the post of Lord-Lieutenant was a military appointment and remained so for several centuries. Whilst the post is now a civilian one, links with our Armed Services remain.  One of the current responsibilities of a Lord-Lieutenant remains to liaise with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces.

HMS Sutherland

The county of Sutherland has a close affiliation to HMS Sutherland, the Lieutenancy Team meets with the officers and crew whenever they are able to visit.

HMS Sutherland (F81) is a Type 23 Frigate – and the fastest in the the Royal Navy's fleet. She deploys all over the globe, and specialises in submarine hunting. HMS Sutherland is the thirteenth of the Type 23 frigates. She was built on the Clyde by Yarrow Shipbuilders and launched by Lady Christina Walmsley in 1996. Royal Navy ships are usually launched with the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull, but when Sutherland was launched, Lady Walmsley broke with tradition and used a bottle of Macallan whisky.

Further information is available on the website of the Royal Navy -


Photograph: Royal Navy

HMS Sutherland

Remembrance Sunday

A very important event in the year that remembers all those service men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Services are held throughout the county and are attended by as many members of the Lieutenancy Team as possible.

Any district wishing a member of the Lieutenancy Team to attend, please email your request to

Photograph: Friends of Clyne War Memorial

Brora war memorial

Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets

The Lord-Lieutenant may appoint young people from the Armed Services Cadet Forces to serve for one year as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are chosen in conjunction with the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and have typically demonstrated outstanding service and contributions to their unit and organisation.


During their year as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet duties include accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at civic and military occasions, such as Armed Forces Day, Remembrance events and Royal Visits, supporting their Lord-Lieutenant and acting as an ambassador for both their cadet unit and the Armed Services Cadet Forces as a whole.

Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates

A Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for meritorious service may be awarded to members of the Army Reserve and other Volunteer Reserve Forces.

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