Minehunter welcomes new commanding officer on board

ALL CHANGE Lieutenant Commander Justin Hains, left, hands over to Lt Cdr Simon Pressdee
ALL CHANGE Lieutenant Commander Justin Hains, left, hands over to Lt Cdr Simon Pressdee

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A MINEHUNTER will be welcoming on board a new commanding officer.

Portsmouth-based HMS Ledbury is being handed over to Lieutenant Commander Simon Pressdee, a childhood friend of outgoing Captain, Lt Cdr Justin Hains.

In the two years he was captain, Lt Cdr Hains, 40, led the crew through a seven-month deployment to the Gulf and more recently a three-month period in the Mediterranean and Northern Red Sea.

But the ship will be in good hands as Lt Cdr Pressdee, 38, has served in submarines and on minehunters and destroyers.

He said: ‘Assuming command of HMS Ledbury is a huge privilege for me. I am very much looking forward to working with my crew to fulfil a busy and challenging programme.’

HMS Ledbury is currently in Portsmouth undergoing routine maintenance prior to operations and exercises in the Baltic later this year.