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 Kipion MCMV

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.

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Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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.

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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 Andy Brown

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Andy Brown joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Chiddingfold in 2014.

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