HMS Shoreham docked in its namesake town last week – but onlookers almost did not see its arrival due to heavy fog.
The town and Adur District Council have long-standing affiliations with the Royal Navy’s HMS Shoreham, which is a Sandown Class mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV).
The mine cruiser was awarded the Freedom of Shoreham in February, 2011, by the council.
Some facts about HMS Shoreham:
It is a Royal Navy Sandown Class Minehunter
Displacement: 600 tonnes
Complement: 34 personnel
Length: 52.5 metres
Beam: 10.5 metres
Draught: 2.3 metres
Top speed: 13 knots
Range (nautical): 2,500 nautical miles
Launch date: 09/04/01
Commissioned date: 02/09/02
As long as: Nelson’s Column is tall
Four Royal Navy ships have previously been called ‘Shoreham’.
The original was built in Shoreham and launched in January, 1694.
For further information, visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk
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