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HMS Ledbury visits Alderney

The Royal Navy brought a presentation team to Alderney for the first time on Saturday, 14th May 2011. The team gave a forty-five minute presentation about what the Navy do and it's many roles and functions to an audience of approximately seventy Alderney residents.

The presentation took place in the Anne French Room at 1630hrs and was followed by an official drinks ceremony on HMS Ledbury for some of the island's dignitaries.

Over the course of the weekend the ship opened her doors to the general public on Saturday alone approximately 400 people visited the vessel.

Deputy Naval Regional Commander for Wales & Western England Tom Herman said "Part of the job is to visit all of the British Isles so that members of the public can meet their Navy and learn about them, it is what we call engagement. It also gives the crew a much needed rest. For example, this crew has only recently returned from the Gulf and this gives them a little bit of down time."

He continued "I would like to say thank you to the people of Alderney for their very warm welcome and support."

About HMS Ledbury

The Royal Navy's Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel, HMS Ledbury is unique in the Royal Navy for its dual functions of 'Sweeping' and 'Hunting' and can be rolled from one function to the other in minutes.

With a length of 60 metres and displacement of 675 tonnes she is powered by two Deltic diesel engines and has a top speed of 15 knots.

The ship's complement consists of 5 Officers, 9 Senior Rates, 29 Junior Rates.

Please take up this opportunity to come and take a rare look on board this vessel alongside the quay at the above times.

  • Commander Tony Williams and Sir Norman Browse
  • Navy presentation
  • Commander Williams, Sir Norman Browse, Commander Tom Herman, the Deputy Naval Regional Commander George Baron