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        HMS Chiddingfold

        HMS Chiddingfold

        HMS Chiddingfold is one of eight Hunt-class minehunters in the Royal Navy which make up Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

        Bringing the galley back to life so that we can live onboard has been hard work and my team and I now need to make sure we keep the crew’s stomachs happy!

        Leading Chef Stokes-Lilley
        HMS Chiddingfold

        At the forefront of modern Naval operations, she returned from the Gulf in August 2011 after a three and a half year deployment where she had been a pioneer of the six-year enduring duty for British minehunters safeguarding the waters of the Gulf.

        During her time away in the Gulf she completed route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations in former mined areas whilst furthering the UK’s relationships in the region by engagement with local states. However 2012 saw a change of pace for the small ship which spent the majority of the year out of action with a mid-life upkeep rejuvenating the Hunt-class vessel.

        This 572-day overhaul completed in early 2013, whereupon the small ship plunged into a series of trials, tests and training under the auspices of Flag Officer Sea Training. Later in the year she played a starring role as guardship for the Dartmouth Royal Regatta. 

        She is capable of being deployed anywhere in the world to ensure the security of vital sea lines of communication by identifying minelike contacts with her 2193 Sonar and disposing of them with either the Seafox Mine Disposal System or her Clearance Diving Element.

        'Cheery Chid,' as she is known, was built by Vosper Thornycroft and launched on 6 October 1983, commisioning into the Royal Navy a year later.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Richard Rees

        Richard Rees
        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        September 1994
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Gloucester, Dulverton, Southampton, Lancaster, Northumberland, Albion
        Military experience

        Lt Cdr Richard Rees joined BRNC in September 1994 as a General List Supply Officer. Following Fleet training in HMS Gloucester, where he gained his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate, he was successful in his application to transfer to the Warfare Branch.

        He then completed junior watchkeeping appointments in HMS Dulverton (Gunnery Officer) and HMS Southampton (Communications Officer) before Navigating HMS Lancaster.

        After Principal Warfare Officer’s course, where he specialised in Underwater Warfare, he joined HMS Northumberland as the Operations Officer, bringing her out of refit in Rosyth. This was a challenging period as at the time the ship was the ‘pilot’ for the Navy Board’s Personnel Change Programme (NBPCP) and a new manning structure had to be implemented from scratch.

        In November 06 he qualified as a Specialist Navigator and was subsequently appointed as a Staff Warfare Officer conducting Operational Sea Training. An enjoyable 30 months followed where he was involved in the training of every Frigate and Destroyer in the Royal Navy, as well as ships from 12 different international navies.

        In May 09 he joined HMS Albion as Navigator and during this appointment deployed north of the Arctic Circle, to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and to the Mediterranean and Middle East. During this last deployment, HMS Albion was the command platform for the initial Apache Strikes into Libya in 2011.

        Lt Cdr Rees took command of HMS Chiddingfold and Crew 5 in April 12. He is married and lives in Hampshire.


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        OPERATIONS

        Maintenance

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        In maintenance: Currently undergoing an upkeep period to prepare the ship for continued duties with the Fleet by maintaining and improving our engines, weapons and communications systems.

        Operation Gulf MCMV

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf. The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M37

        Displacement

        685tonnes

        Complement

        45personnel

        Length

        60Metres

        Beam

        10metres

        Draught

        3.4metres

        Top Speed

        15knots

        Range (Nautical)

        1500miles

        Launch Date

        06/10/83

        Commissioned date

        10/08/84

        Equivalent Length

        316DVD Cases

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        HMS Chiddingfold

        'Cheery Chid'

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        HMS Chiddingfold HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Chiddingfold
        • Operations in the Fjords

          Chiddingfold entered the fleet in 1941 and was soon into the thick of the conflict, training for the commando raids on Lofotens in Norway, Operation Archery. She escorted the amphibious ships to the Norwegian coast, entering Vaagsfjord leading the formation, and proceeded to lay down a smoke screen for the force, while the shore bombardment commenced. When withdrawing from the area Chiddingfold was attacked by Heinekel aircraft twice, but survived, and escaped to Scapa Flow.

        • Escort Duties

          Between 1942 and 1944 the ship was involved in escort duties in Scotland between the Clyde and Iceland, before being tasked with supporting convoys operating in and around the Mediterranean. She was based in Malta briefly, following a refit to give her new sophisticated radar for gunnery.

        • Returning to Britain

          She was involved in supporting Allied activity in Italy before being released from the Med Fleet in 1945 and returning to Britain. Here she was put to good use, hunting the submarines and mine laying boats of the Kriegsmarine which tried to disrupt Allied supplies through the Scheldt Estuary following the D-Day landings. The Atlantic Convoys were re-routed into the Channel once the German U-Boat threat had been contained earlier in the war, and Chiddingfold was involved in escorting them to their destination on the European mainland.

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