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Mine detection vessel HMS Quorn sweeps into Belfast for visit

By Allan Preston

Published 26/01/2016

The Royal Navy’s HMS Quorn
The Royal Navy’s HMS Quorn

A Navy ship specialising in mine detection is to dock in Belfast this Friday.

HMS Quorn and its crew - nicknamed the Fighting Aces - will arrive for a weekend's shore leave after a busy operational period.

Recently the complement of 44 completed a seven-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf keeping shipping lanes safe, especially for UK trade. The crew is due to return to Bahrain by the end of this year.

Looking forward to his time in Belfast is operations officer Lieutenant Griffiths (25).

"A maritime city like Belfast always offers a warm welcome," he said.

"Belfast is a fantastic and vibrant city. It has special significance to me as it was the first port I visited with the crew."

While HMS Quorn is at anchor the vessel will be opened up for visits by Sea Cadets and Navy Reservists from HMS Hibernia. After leaving Belfast she will return to her home port of Portsmouth.

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