Minehunter takes centre stage as popular regatta’s guardship

Michelle Bates, WO2 Lloyd Gillingham, Noah, six, and Gunner Ryan Hancock
Pictures: Habibur Rahman

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A MINEHUNTER has just completed her starring role at a regatta.

Portsmouth-based HMS Chiddingfold had only a few days to prepare for her role as guardship at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta.

She was sent to replace sister ship HMS Blyth, which was given another task at short notice.

HMS Chiddingfold was training off Scotland when she got the call to divert to Dartmouth.

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

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

The ship’s role included hosting an evening reception for dignitaries and members of the community while the Red Arrows and Blades aerial display teams performed overhead.

They also gave capability demonstrations.

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