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.

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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.

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. Among the overhaul for the minehunter was the replacement of her Deltic engines by the more efficient Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines which form a key part of the ship's regeneration.

In October 2012 the crew returned to their ship once more, bringing her back to life and gearing her up for the year ahead.

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.

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.


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Current operation NATO MCM Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Location Mediterranean

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Unit History

Operations in the Fjords1941

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.

Escort Duties1942

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. 

Returning to Britain1945

In 1945 her role was 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.

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Commanding Officer Richard Rees

Richard Rees

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lt Cdr Richard Rees joined BRNC in September 1994 as a General List Supply Officer. He assumed command of HMS Chiddingfold and Crew 5 in April 12.

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