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.
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.’