HMS Chiddingfold

HMS Chiddingfold (M37)

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, commissioning into the Royal Navy a year later.

In 2014, HMS Chiddingfold sailed from Portsmouth for a 3 year deployment to the Gulf protecting vital sea lanes.

Although the 42 crew on board the minehunter rotate every six months, the ship was based in Bahrain until she returned home on the 1st September 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.

She was kept very busy on her deployment, taking part in major exercises with the US and NATO.

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HMS Chiddingfold returns after three years in The Gulf

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Penzance and Chiddingfold homeward bound from the Gulf

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Current operation Alongside

Currently alongside her home port of HM Naval Base Portsmouth

  • Exercise Baltops

    Exercise Baltops is the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, demonstrating the UK's continuing commitment to the collective security of NATO allies.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Portsmouth

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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 David Louis

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander David Louis joined the Royal Navy in 1998, he is now command of HMS Chiddingfold and MCM2 Crew 1.

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HMNB Portsmouth

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