Minehunter gets a warm welcome in port visit


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MINEHUNTER HMS Ledbury visited Swansea to give people an insight into the workings of the Royal Navy – and to help them honour their fallen.

The Portsmouth warship held a reception and demonstration for more than 50 guests drawn from local government, civic organisations, charities and the ship’s affiliated organisations.

During her stay, the Hunt-class ship also welcomed groups of young people from schools, colleges and cadet organisations.

Commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Simon Pressdee said: ‘HMS Ledbury enjoyed a very warm reception during our visit to Swansea.

‘It was a pleasure to host schools and colleges to offer them an insight to life at sea in the Royal Navy as well as provide realistic practical training for the local reservists from Tawe Division of the Royal Naval Reserve.’

The ship’s visit coincided with the rededication of the city’s war memorial to mark the addition of two names of soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan. Members of the ship’s company laid a wreath at the Swansea Cenotaph.