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A MINEHUNTER has been on display at a regatta.

Portsmouth-based HMS Chiddingfold had only a few days to prepare for her role as guard ship at Dartmouth Royal Regatta, after she replaced minehunter HMS Blyth, which was re-tasked.

The ship was training off Scotland when she was told to divert to Dartmouth – the home of Britannia Royal Naval College.

Midshipman Sam Cresdee, 20, one of the ship’s 45 crew, said: ‘Having only completed my training at Dartmouth nine months ago, the opportunity to come back on an operational warship was fantastic.

‘And the way the ship re-tasked so quickly was a testament to the hard work of the ship’s company.’

As one of the centrepiece at the three-day regatta, she hosted an evening reception for dignitaries and members of the community while the Red Arrows and Blades aerial display teams performed.

Up to 700 members of the public visited her.