Affiliated friends witness HMS Westminsters’ revamp

Members of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers during their visit to HMS Westminster and HMS Victory
Members of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers during their visit to HMS Westminster and HMS Victory
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A Group with a strong connection with HMS Westminster spent the day in Portsmouth getting to know the ship a little better.

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, one of the livery companies of the City of London, visited the ship at the start of the second half of her 14-month revamp.

The last time the group, which was originally a trade association but is now a charitable organisation, visited the Type 23 frigate she was in pristine condition for a trip up the Thames before her overhaul.

Despite being hidden behind scaffolding and canvas, members of the company saw the ship from the bottom of Dry Dock 15.

Senior naval officer in charge of her during the refit Lieutenant Commander Tim Ciaravella said: ‘It was a delightful visit and allowed us to maintain strong links with one of our long-standing affiliations.

‘We very much look forward to a future visit to the City of Westminster when we will be able to show off the work being conducted during this upkeep period.’

The restoration crew expects HMS Westminster to be operational by mid-2016.