Having seen Alfie perform on TV, it was a privilege to meet someone so talented in their field. I was also struck by how interested he was about life in the Royal Navy and how we operate – but that’s understandable after hearing about his family’s connections to the service,

Diver ‘Mac’ McMenemy

Sailors treated their guest to a tour of the vessel, the ‘tight’ 25-man mess, a fire-fighting demonstration and then got down to the business of minehunting, from scanning the seabed in the ops room to Seafox being prepare for launching to investigate – and possibly destroy – underwater explosive ordnance. 

“Having seen Alfie perform on TV, it was a privilege to meet someone so talented in their field. I was also struck by how interested he was about life in the Royal Navy and how we operate – but that’s understandable after hearing about his family’s connections to the service,” said Diver ‘Mac’ McMenemy.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Heward, added: “It was really great so see Alfie interact with the ship’s company and for him to gain an understanding of what life might have been like at sea for his family during the war.

“It was also an opportunity for the ship to demonstrate how important the UK’s mine hunting capability is to the safety of our international trade.”

Hurworth’s crew are spending the autumn training in the UK before heading out to the Gulf in 2019 to take charge of one of two Hunt-class ships based in Bahrain as part of the RN’s permanent mine warfare force in the Middle East.

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