Mayor takes to the seas

Outgoing Lord Mayor Steven Wylie takes control of HMS Middleton's 30mm canon on the Foc'sle during his ships tour. ''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan
Outgoing Lord Mayor Steven Wylie takes control of HMS Middleton's 30mm canon on the Foc'sle during his ships tour. ''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan

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OUTGOING Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Steven Wylie learnt about the vital role of the Royal Navy’s minehunters during a day at sea on board HMS Middleton.

In one of his final engagements, Councillor Wylie was treated to a few hours on the Portsmouth-based ship, one of the Navy’s 15 mine countermeasures vessels, which will deploy to the Gulf later this year.

On a trip around the Solent Cllr Wylie met Middleton’s crew of 45 and was shown how the ship finds, identifies and disposes of mines.

Sailors on board explained how minehunters keep sea lanes open and ensure safe transit of energy, raw materials and manufactured goods.

Commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Smith, said: ‘HMS Middleton has been privileged to host the Lord Mayor and to be able to demonstrate the wide-ranging capability of the ship as we train for our next deployment.’