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        HMS Ledbury

        HMS Ledbury

        Minehunter HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels operated by the Royal Navy and based in Portsmouth. The ship was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton and commissioned in June 1981 by its Sponsor Lady Elizabeth Berthan. MCM2 Crew 6 is the incumbent Crew.

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        Simon Pressdee

        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS Liverpool
        Military experience

        Educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, Simon Pressdee joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1994 as a Naval College Entrant and completed his Young Officer training onboard HM Ships Battleaxe, Cottesmore and Montrose.

        Initially a submariner, he served in HM Submarines Splendid and Triumph where he experienced the full envelope of SSN(T) operations. After further selection and completion of specialist training he qualified as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer in 2001. Between 2001 and 2004 he was the Operations Officer of HMS Grimsby and Executive Officer of HMS Inverness, which included operations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic and UK waters. Further Clearance Diving and EOD specialist appointments followed, during which time he completed the All Arms Commando Course and Joint Service IED Disposal Course.

        He subsequently joined the Fleet Diving Squadron as Officer in Charge of Fleet Diving Unit Three, where he led and contributed to the development of combined expeditionary maritime EOD operations across Europe and as part of OP TELIC in the Arabian Gulf. In 2008, he joined the staff of the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain.

        A particular highlight was deploying with the Commander of the UK Mine Warfare Battlestaff as the EOD and Diving advisor during the successful clearance of Iraqi mine danger areas - OP TECATE. Subsequently, he was seconded to the US Navy and Commander DESRON 50, tasked with the protection of Iraqi strategic maritime infrastructure. As the sole UK representative he found this a most rewarding role overseeing the maintenance of tactical force protection of the oil platforms while responsible for integrating Iraqi Maritime forces to the operation.

        Intermediate staff course and Principle Warfare Officer training followed, completing in 2010. Appointed to HMS Liverpool as the PWO(U) and latterly the Operations Officer, he was integral to the regeneration of HMS Liverpool and maintenance of the high readiness required within the Response Force Task Group. In March 2011, LiverpooL was activated and sailed at short notice as the spearhead of the UK’s contribution to enforce UNSCRs against the Gaddafi regime in Libya - OP ELLAMY. Following over seven months of live operations and engagements along the Libyan coast, which included the direction of Naval Fires and Surface Action he was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation.

        In January 2012 he was assigned to Navy Command HQ where he was charged with the smooth transfer of MCM and Diving Force Generation Authority to the waterfront and the establishment of the Surface Ships Coordination Cell. From April 2012 he moved to PORFLOT and became responsible to Captain MFP for the force generation of Minewarfare and Patrol ships, Mine Warfare Battlestaffs and the Fleet Diving Squadron units.

        He assumed command of HMS Ledbury and MCM2 Crew 6 on the 2 September 2013.




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        HMS Ledbury


        HMS Ledbury HISTORY

        • A Delayed Launch

          The previous HMS Ledbury was ordered two days after the outbreak of World War 2 as an escort destroyer of the Hunt Type 2 class. Laid down at the Southampton Thornycroft yard on 24 January 1940, its construction was delayed by bomb damage to the yard – she was not launched until 27 September 1941.

        • Escorting

          HMS Ledbury was engaged in escorting major warships and fleet auxiliaries between Scapa Flow and Iceland until June 1942, when she was attached to the ocean escort of the ill-fated convoy PQ17. In August, Ledbury was allocated to the close escort of the Pedestal convoy to Malta and played a major part in assisting the damaged tanker Ohio to reach Grand Harbour, claiming to have destroyed three and damaged five enemy aircraft.

        • Invasions

          In June 1943, HMS Ledbury proceeded again to the Mediterranean after further service on escort duties between Iceland and the Orkneys, and took part in the invasion of Sicily. She was also involved in the Salerno invasion in September 1943, but thereafter her main employment was as convoy escort, based at first on Malta and latterly at Alexandria. Occasional offensive patrols in the Adriatic and Aegean were undertaken and she covered the return of British troops to Athens in October 1944.

        • Reserve

          She was reduced to reserve in March 1946 and was not again commissioned for active service before she was sold for scrap in 1958.

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