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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'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.

HMS Chiddingfold sailed from Portsmouth 9 June for the Gulf where she will spend three years protecting vital sea lanes.

Although the 42 crew on board the minehunter will rotate every six months, the ship will be based in Bahrain until 2017.

HMS Chiddingfold has the latest minehunting technology at her disposal including the Seafox mine disposal system, advanced sonar, as well as a team of expert ordnance disposal divers.

It’s her first deployment since being fitted with new diesel engines during a major refit in Portsmouth in 2012.


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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.

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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