Navy minehunter leaves Portsmouth for Gulf

MINEHUNTER HMS Quorn
MINEHUNTER HMS Quorn

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A ROYAL Navy minehunter has left Portsmouth for the Middle East where she will spend three years on security patrols.

HMS Quorn will be taking over duties from her sister ship, HMS Chiddingfold, which is stationed in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

As one of four minehunters based in the Gulf, HMS Quorn’s crew will change every six months as she works with other nations to locate and destroy mines using sonar and explosives.

Quorn’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Phil Dennis, said over the last three months the ship’s 45 crew had been trained to a high standard.

He said: ‘Following our successful training under the guidance of the Royal Navy’s Operational Sea Training staff, the crew of HMS Quorn is looking forward to the challenge of deploying to the Middle East and operating in the Arabian Gulf.’

The crew of HMS Quorn will get six weeks to acclimatise to hot temperatures as they conduct operations in the Mediterranean, Suez and the Red Sea while en route to the Gulf.