HMS Shoreham sails into port
Released: Tuesday, 04 July 2017
The Royal Navy's HMS Shoreham will sail into its namesake port on Wednesday 5th July 2017 for a four-day stay.
The minehunter, the fifth ship to bear the name, last visited Shoreham in 2016 before undergoing a six-month refit after three years on operations in the Middle East.
Adur District Council, which awarded the ship the Freedom of Shoreham in 2011, will welcome it back at a reception for the captain and officers.
Council Vice-Chairman Joss Loader, who will host the event at the Shoreham Centre, said:
“It's an honour to welcome HMS Shoreham back to our town, and especially looking as good as new.”
“We have an association going back more than 300 years, so HMS Shoreham is part of our history and we are extremely proud of her.”
During its stay, HMS Shoreham will welcome invited guests on board for a reception, lunch and tours of the ship before leaving port on Sunday to return to operational duties.
The original HMS Shoreham was built in the town and launched in 1694. The current 600 tonne ship, which has a glass fibre hull, was launched in 2001 and has a crew of 34.
At 52.5 metres in length, it is as long as Nelson's Column in London is tall and travels at a speed of 13 knots (15mph).
HMS Shoreham will depart on Sunday 9th July.
Photo: HMS Shoreham in dock July 5th 2017
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