Royal Navy ship to visit town

PEOPLE will get the chance to board a Royal Navy mine hunter during a visit to Hartlepool.

HMS Hurworth will dock at Hartlepool’s Victoria Quay on Thursday for a five day visit to the region.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Goldstone, will spend the afternoon making official calls, before hosting an official reception and demonstration for invited guests in the evening.

A number of prospective recruits from the North-East will get the opportunity to tour the ship on Friday and chat to the crew and Lt Cdr Goldstone will also host a small lunch for the ship’s affiliates.

People from Hartlepool and the surrounding area will get the chance to get a taste of life on the ocean wave, as the ship opens her gangway to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

“We are absolutely delighted to be visiting Hartlepool,” said Lt Cdr Goldstone.

“We are always lucky enough to receive amazing hospitality in the North-East and our packed programme already indicates that will be the case again.”

HMS Hurworth is a Hunt Class mine countermeasures vessel, 60m-long with a beam of 10m and a displacement of 650 tonnes.

The ship carries a crew of 45, including six mine clearance divers, whose job it is to swim to mines in order to place explosives.

HMS Hurworth also has a mine disposal system consisting of remote controlled underwater vehicles capable of locating, identifying and destroying mines.

The vessel has modern navigation and communications equipment, as well as three general purpose machine guns, along with 30mm and two Mk44 mini guns, so that HMS Hurworth can also function as a patrol craft.

She will leave Hartlepool mid morning on Tuesday, June 7.