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The 750-tonne Hunt Class minehunter will moor at a buoy in the harbour for the duration of her three-day visit and all on board are looking forward to enjoying the spectacle of the yacht racing, as well as other more official engagements.
Quorn’s busy programme of events kicks off on the Friday evening with a reception for invited local guests, after the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Tim Neild, has made an official call on the Mayor of Dartmouth.
But the high point of the weekend will come on both Saturday and Sunday when the ship is open to visitors from 12noon until 4pm. Access to HMS Quorn, via boat transfers and ship’s ladders – will be subject to weather conditions and at the discretion of the bosun.
Lieutenant Commander Neild is looking forward to bringing his ship to Dartmouth and said: "We always receive a warm welcome in Dartmouth as a town with exceptional naval heritage, which, in Britannia Royal Naval College, continues to this day. I hope as many local people as possible will come and see their ship for themselves."
HMS Quorn is a Hunt class Mine Countermeasures Vessel, 60m long with a beam of 10m and a displacement of 750 tonnes. The largest warships ever constructed from glass reinforced plastic, the Hunt Class ships perform the dual role of sweeping and hunting in one hull.
The ship carries a crew of 45, many of them clearance divers whose job it is to swim to mines in order to place explosives. However, the ship also has a mine disposal system consisting of a remote controlled submersible. Two general purpose machine guns, along with a 30mm and two 20mm guns mean that HMS Quorn can also function as a patrol craft.