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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 08:28 GMT
Minesweeper holed after hitting jetty
HMS Cattistock
HMS Cattistock was left with a 2ft hole after the collision
The Royal Navy has begun an inquiry after a minesweeper was holed leaving port.

The HMS Cattistock was left with a 2ft hole in its hull after hitting a jetty as it was leaving Portsmouth.

The Ministry of Defence said it was a "relatively minor incident" and none of the 42 crew were hurt in the collision.

Repairs are now being carried out on the Cattistock - one of 11 Royal Navy minesweepers.

The accident on 23 November is another embarrassing incident involving Royal Navy vessels.

Last month the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Trafalgar ran aground off the Isle of Skye.

In July, the Type 42 destroyer HMS Nottingham almost sank after hitting rocks off Lord Howe Island, 200 miles off the coast of Australia.


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