Villagers’ day out on ship with same name

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DIGNITARIES from a village which shares its name with a Portsmouth warship were given a trip out to sea.

Seven villagers from Cattistock in Dorset sampled life on board the minehunter, HMS Cattistock, during a visit to Portsmouth.

The ship sailed out of the harbour in unseasonably poor weather, with guests experiencing 20 knots of wind and two metres of sea swell.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cheryl Buggy, who was among those who made the trip for the day, said: ‘It was a wonderful day full of high professionalism as you would expect from the Royal Navy.’

The day included a demonstration of operations off the Isle of Wight, where a winching exercise took place with a Lynx helicopter.

A ‘man-overboard’ drill was carried out shortly afterwards with Sub Lieutenant Ed Raymont volunteering to be the candidate for rescue, much to the delight of the visitors.

The ship’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Adam Northover said: ‘Despite the rain and wind the day was a huge success providing those organisations so supportive of the ship’s activities a unique insight in to the way “their” ship is run and its capabilities.’