HMS Shoreham - Freedom of the Adur District
Shoreham-by-Sea, and Adur District Council, has affiliations with the Royal Navy's HMS Shoreham, a Sandown Class mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV). HMS Shoreham:
- is a Royal Navy Sandown Class Minehunter
- Pennant: M112
- 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: 09/04/2001
- Commissioned date: 02/09/2002
- 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.
You can also find links to the Royal Navy website at the end of this webpage where you can find out more about HMS Shoreham.
Photo: HMS Shoreham at sea (Credit and copyright - Royal Navy)
Photo: Crew onboard HMS Shoreham (Credit and copyright - Royal Navy)
Photo: HMS Shoreham (Credit and copyright - Royal Navy)
The Freedom of Shoreham-by-Sea was granted to HMS Shoreham on 17th February 2011 at the council meeting.
The Freedom Scroll document was signed on 19th March 2011 at the Sussex Yacht Club, and it was presented during the Ceremony on 20th March 2011.
To the right you can see a copy of the Freedom Scroll, click on the link below for a larger copy:
- HMS Shoreham Freedom Scroll (211KB)
- Photographs of the HMS Shoreham Freedom Ceremony, 17-02-2011 (1,667KB)
The Freedom Scroll document officially grants the freedom of Shoreham-by-Sea to HMS Shoreham. It was signed by:
- Sarah West, Commanding Officer of HMS Shoreham
- Debbie Kennard, Chairman of Adur District Council
- Ian Lowrie, Chief Executive of Adur District Council
The 41 men and women who've carried the town's name around the world on front-line operations since 2002, formed up ahead of a ceremony and paraded in front of the Shoreham Centre, during which the Scroll granting them Honorary Freedom of Shoreham was returned to Adur District Council for safekeeping.
The district's highest honour was granted upon the ship in 2011, since then sailors have paraded through the town with full military pomp and ceremony on three occasions, most recently in 2017.
The final Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander, Andrew Platt, said:
“It is a real privilege to bring HMS Shoreham back to her hometown where she was first commissioned - and to hand-back the Freedom of the Adur District awarded in 2011 ahead of the Ship's decommissioning later this year.”
“Over her 20 years of service - with nearly half of these spent deployed in the Gulf, HMS Shoreham's strong maritime links with our hometown have been of great support to a generation of sailors - and it is right that we express our thanks to Shoreham during this visit.”
Photo: Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander, Andrew Platt, speaking at the event marking the return of the scroll
Photo: Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander, Andrew Platt, Lady Nicola Perowne, Lady Sponsor of HMS Shoreham, and Cllr Stephen Chipp, Chairman of Adur District Council, with the scroll
Photo: Parade at the event marking the return of the scroll
Photo: HMS Shoreham moored in Shoreham Port
Royal Navy websites:
- Royal Navy website
- HMS Shoreham - on the Royal Navy website
- Sandown Class Minehunter - on the Royal Navy website
Links to Wikipedia:
- Sandown Class Minehunter - on the Wikipedia website
- Royal Naval ships that had the name 'Shoreham' - on the Wikipedia website
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Page last updated: 07 June 2022