This is a very short visit, but we’re packing in as much as we can into our two days in Hull

Lieutenant Commander Mark Headley, HMS Ledbury’s Commanding Officer

And on Thursday (June 26) groups of local students from Trinity House Academy, Hessle High School and Wilberforce College will get a chance to go on board with pre-arranged tours.

“This is a very short visit, but we’re packing in as much as we can into our two days in Hull,” said Lieutenant Commander Mark Headley, HMS Ledbury’s Commanding Officer. “I know that my crew and I are particularly looking forward to welcoming all our visitors.

“Opening to visiting groups and the public is always important to a ship – it will give us the chance to tell people more about HMS Ledbury, as well as showing them around and talking about her role in the Royal Navy.”

HMS Ledbury was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton and commissioned in June 1981 by its Sponsor Lady Elizabeth Berthan.

The Hunt-Class vessels live up to their name – mine hunters. Using high-definition sonar, they hunt the world’s seabeds for mines and lost explosives, which are then destroyed by the ship’s own clearance diving teams or the remotely operated Seafox mine-disposal system.

The small, but perfectly-formed ships boast glass-reinforced plastic hulls to conceal their presence from the underwater threat of sea-mines. Although relatively small at just 750 tonnes, the Hunts are valuable assets for the Navy’s fleet.

These ships clear the way of mines to allow safe passage for larger forces, swiftly detecting and destroying any hidden dangers from sea lanes. Portsmouth is the home of the Hunt-class fleet of mine-countermeasures vessels – or MCMVs.

For more information on Seafarers UK and Seafarers Awareness Week visit www.seafarers-uk.org

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