The day Cattistock rejoined the fleet

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HER illustrious past spans more than 30 years’ of service, and now the future for minehunter HMS Cattistock looks bright as well.

Earlier this month the Portsmouth-based ship was welcomed back into the fleet following a refit designed to keep her on patrol until at least 2030.

At the ships rededication ceremony today the crew stood to re-create that original commissioning photo this taken in 1982  A ceremony marking Portsmouth-based minehunter, HMS Cattistock's return to frontline service following a major upgrade  took place in Portsmouth Naval Base today (November 2).  The upgrade, carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth, includes new engines and means that the minehunter can sail faster, stay at sea longer, and will extend the ship's life to 2030 and beyond.  The Head of the Royal Navy First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas joined the proud crew as guest of honour with his wife, Lady Amanda Zambellas to celebrate the ships achievements and mark the occasion.   As a previous Commanding Officer of HMS Cattistock, he has a particular interest in the ship ' in 1991 he became the sixth naval officer to take command.    Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval staff, said: 'As her former Commanding Officer, it was a privilege to join HMS Cattistock's curr

At the ships rededication ceremony today the crew stood to re-create that original commissioning photo this taken in 1982 A ceremony marking Portsmouth-based minehunter, HMS Cattistock's return to frontline service following a major upgrade took place in Portsmouth Naval Base today (November 2). The upgrade, carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth, includes new engines and means that the minehunter can sail faster, stay at sea longer, and will extend the ship's life to 2030 and beyond. The Head of the Royal Navy First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas joined the proud crew as guest of honour with his wife, Lady Amanda Zambellas to celebrate the ships achievements and mark the occasion. As a previous Commanding Officer of HMS Cattistock, he has a particular interest in the ship ' in 1991 he became the sixth naval officer to take command. Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval staff, said: 'As her former Commanding Officer, it was a privilege to join HMS Cattistock's curr

The upgrade was carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth and involved installing new engines so Cattistock can sail faster and stay at sea longer

Royal Navy First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas was guest of honour at the ship’s launch ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Adml Zambellas knows the ship well having served as her commanding officer earlier in his career.

He said: ‘As her former commanding officer, it was a privilege to join HMS Cattistock’s current ship’s company, their guests and affiliates, to share in this special occasion.’