I am immensely proud of my crew, who have worked hard this year to ensure the Royal Navy’s mine counter measures capability remains first class.

Lieutenant Commander Adrian Visram

During the deployment HMS Shoreham will meet with Portsmouth mine hunter HMS Brocklesby and work closely with the US Navy Fifth Fleet as part of the 30 nation Combined Maritime Forces and Gulf Cooperation Council. 

In preparation for the mission, the crew has recently completed a gruelling five-week Operational Sea Training (OST) package as well as participating in major multi-national exercise Joint Warrior in April. 

Able Seaman Elliott Pendrous (22) from the West Midlands, who took part in the training package, said:  “The Operational Sea Training has prepared us well for operations.  We have conducted a vast range of evolutions, ranging from diving and live explosions to gunnery.  Now this team is ready to conduct whatever task is given to us in the deployment ahead.”

For one member of the crew the Gulf deployment will be particularly poignant.  Ship’s engineer Warrant Officer Paul Hutchinson (58) from Kent, will make his final voyage with the Royal Navy on board HMS Shoreham having previously served with HMS Norfolk, HMS London and HMS Westminster. 

“As my 27 years in the Royal Navy draws to a close, I can say I have some fantastic memories and have visited places many people don’t get to see,” he said.  “I hope to make the most of my retirement trip!

“I will miss the Royal Navy, but I’ve got many plans for retirement, starting off with walking from Lands’ End to John O’Groats next year.”

Meanwhile, for Able Seaman Dylan Toomey (24) from Sunderland, Shoreham’s Gulf mission will be his first with the Royal Navy.

“I am excited to deploy for the first time,” he said.  “I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the work in the Gulf but also for the chance to experience some different cultures and different cuisines.”

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