Brighton and Hove News » HMS Shoreham comes to Port of Shoreham for farewell visit

HMS Shoreham sails to Shoreham Harbor for a farewell visit before the Royal Navy minehunter is decommissioned.

The ship’s future is unclear, but sister ships are expected to enter service in the Baltic region or be handed over to Ukraine.

In the meantime, the crew are heading to Shoreham for a four-day visit where the public will have the opportunity to look around the ship.

For more information on ticket-only tours, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, click here.

The Navy said: “HMS Shoreham has left Clyde Naval Base – her home for the past two decades – for the last time, embarking on a short ‘farewell tour’ of the UK.

“The minehunter was escorted out of Gareloch and into the Clyde by Royal Marines boats and patrol boat squadron Faslane, while Naval Base Commander Robert Anstey joined the Sandown-class vessel and tugs blew up jets of water in appreciation of the fire hoses – a traditional naval send.

“Equipped with specialist kit, underwater vehicles and a snorkeling team, Shoreham has made it their mission to keep the sea lanes open by making sure there are no mines. interfering with the safe passage of ships – especially for devices placed in deep waters, thanks to a sonar which detaches from the hull and can be lowered.

“Launched at the Vosper Thornycroft yard in Southampton in 2001, she was commissioned the following year in her eponymous Sussex town – the fifth Royal Navy ship to bear her name.

“During her 20 years of active duty, the minehunter has alternated her time between training/operations in inland and northern European waters, as well as extended stints in the Middle East – typically three years at at the same time – as part of the Royal Navy’s Gulf-based forces. .

“The ship sailed over 120,000 nautical miles – enough to circumnavigate the globe five and a half times – and visited over 30 ports at home and abroad while serving under the White Ensign.”

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Platt, her last commanding officer, said: “It was a wonderful voyage for HMS Shoreham.

“She spent more than half of her 20 years of service in the Middle East, and the rest from Faslane.

“To achieve such high operational performance requires a full team effort, including all technical, logistical and administrative support provided by HMNB Clyde.”

HMS Shoreham

Shoreham recently returned to Britain last October after more than two years of her final tour of operations in the Gulf, operating from the British Naval Support Facility in Bahrain.

His farewell tour takes him to Shoreham later this week for a four-day visit, when the crew of 40 will take part in a final parade through the town before returning the granted Borough Freedom Scroll to the ship in 2011.

Then the ship continues across the English Channel and up the east coast to Rosyth, where it will be officially decommissioned and ready for disposal.

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