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HMS Chiddingfold (M37)

HMS Chiddingfold (M37)

HMS Chiddingfold entering Portsmouth July 2013.

Career (UK)
Name: Operator: Builder: Launched: Sponsored by: Commissioned: Homeport: Identification: Nickname: Status: HMS Chiddingfold Royal Navy Vosper Thornycroft October 1983 Lady Anne Kennon October 1984 HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire Pennant number: M37 "Cheery Chid" in active service, as of 2013[1]

General characteristics
Class & type: Displacement: Length: Beam: Draught: Propulsion: Speed: Complement: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel 750tons 60m 9.8m 2.2m 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540shp 17knots 45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)

Sensors and Sonar Type 2193 processing systems: Armament:

30mm automatic small calibre gun 2 Mk44 minigun 3 7.62mm general purpose machine guns SeaFox mine disposal system Diver-placed explosive charges

Mine counter measures equipment:

HMS Chiddingfold (M37)

HMS Chiddingfold is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the British Royal Navy. 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.

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External links - Official HMS Chiddingfold Website ( Patrol-and-Minehunters/Hunt-Class/HMS-Chiddingfold) Media related to HMS Chiddingfold (M37) at Wikimedia Commons

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