Families get taste of life on board a warship

Shell - James Martin with the piece of shell which hit HMS Baham during the first world war. In the background is a photograph of the ship

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FAMILIES of sailors on board minehunter HMS Cattistock were given a rare taste of where their loved ones live and work.

The ship’s complement of 45 more than doubled for the day as families stepped on board as thank your for their support.

The visitors’ day in Portsmouth included a barbecue and trip around the harbour on powerboats provided by the Royal Navy Sailing Centre.

Able Seaman Luke Berry, 19, said: ‘My family really enjoyed the day, they can now visualise where I live and the job I do on board.’

Lieutenant Commander Simon Cox, who recently assumed command of HMS Cattistock, said: ‘The day was a huge success and events like these are vitally important.

‘A warship is a team effort and our success is directly linked to the support given by family, friends and affiliates.’

HMS Cattistock is coming to the end of an extensive refit period in Portsmouth.

She will return to sea in the autumn.