HMS Chiddingfold (M37)
HMS Chiddingfold at sea in 2010.
|Sponsored by:||Lady Anne Kennon|
|Homeport:||HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire|
|Identification:||Pennant number: M37|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540 shp|
|Complement:||45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)|
|Sonar Type 2193|
Mine counter measures equipment:
She was launched in October 1983 by her sponsor, Lady Anne Kennon, and formally entered the service of the Royal Navy in October 1984. Chiddingfold is a minehunter, and her purpose is to find and destroy mines, not only in a time of war but also in peacetime. There are about a quarter of a million mines still active from the Second World War alone and they pose a major threat to both military and civilian ships. Chiddingfold is able to enter some types of minefields without the mines detonating. This is because she is made of glass-reinforced plastic (and all fixtures within the ship are made of non-ferrous metals, keeping the ship's magnetic signature to the bare minimum.
In January 2012, Chiddingfold began a year-long mid-life upgrade project, including the replacement of her engines, gearboxes, propellers and an upgraded thruster system; she was the first vessel of her class to undergo the refurbishment.
Chiddingfold has a connection with the small village of Chiddingfold, and every year they have a stall at the Chiddingfold fete.
- "HMS Chiddingfold Gets Two New Engines at BAE Systems’ Portsmouth Yard". Shipbuilding Tribune. 13 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- RoyalNavy.mod.uk - Official HMS Chiddingfold Website
- Media related to HMS Chiddingfold (M37) at Wikimedia Commons
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