Children have a blast on navy ship in Bahrain

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Schoolchildren in Bahrain were treated to a tour of HMS Chiddingfold when she docked in Doha.

It was the only visit to Doha for the crew on their seven-month deployment to find and destroy sea mines out in the Gulf.

A group of 25 schoolchildren embarked on a tour of the Portsmouth-based ship within an hour of its arrival in Bahrain.

The children, aged 13 and 14, were from the Park House English School and were treated to fire-fighting drills and learned about the diving equipment.

School director Niall Brennan said: 'The children had a great time and really enjoyed themselves.'

The ship also hosted a lunch for senior officers from the Qatari navy and sailors toured Doha and played a rugby match against local expatriates.

Chiddingfold's commanding officer, Lt Cdr Adam Northover, said: 'After six months away from home it was very special to have such a successful visit to Doha.

'The ship was made to feel thoroughly welcome and we hope that future Royal Navy ships get the opportunity to visit such an exciting city.'