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HMS Penzance visit cancelled

The Sandown Class mine countermeasures vessel will be staying in Penzance for four days
The Sandown Class mine countermeasures vessel will be staying in Penzance for four days

With regret, the Royal Navy minehunter HMS Penzance has had to cancel her visit to namesake town on Friday, November 12 in support of the town's Remembrance Sunday events.

The ship has been storm-bound in Cherbourg, France for several days and has now been re-tasked as a result.

The ship's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Steve Brown, explained:

"The ship's links with the town of Penzance and Remembrance Sunday are both very important to the ship's company.

"It is unfortunate that the ship will not now be visiting Penzance. However, I do hope it will not be too long before we can return to visit our affiliated town."

The Sandown Class Mine countermeasures vessels are 52m long, with a beam of 10m and a displacement of 600 tonnes and usually carries a crew of 34.

The ship carries two remote controlled submersibles and a team of clearance divers whose job it is to dispose of mines by fitting explosives.

With a top speed of 13 knots, Ramsey is a highly manoeuvrable vessel, and her 30mm gun and three general purpose machine guns and two Mk 44 Mini Guns means that she can also be used as a formidable patrol craft.




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