Video shows a collision between two Royal Navy vessels in the Gulf.

The information that came to me earlier today, roughly outlined, was that HMS Chiddingfold has collided with HMS Bangor.

I reached out to the Ministry of Defence for comment and confirmation, however, video has now surfaced of the incident, confirming it happened.

As of now, there are no reports of any injuries resulting from the collision. The Royal Navy is expected to provide details on the incident and the condition of the ships and personnel involved in due course. I spoke to someone earlier today, before the videos surfced, that informed me that teams are being sent to assess the damage and establish a plan of action for rectification works.

Imagery of the damage was published by fillyourboots on Twitter.

Minehunters like HMS Chiddingfold are designed to excel in mine hunting and coastal patrols, safeguarding the seas and ensuring maritime security. These small, but extremely effective Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) boast glass-reinforced plastic hulls to conceal their presence from the threat of sea mines. Their sonars are capable of detecting and classifying an object the size of a football up to 1,000 metres away, allowing them to clear the way of mines and allow safe passage for larger forces to pass through.

The Ministry of Defence will likely conduct a comprehensive investigation to understand the cause of the collision and the extent of the damage sustained by the vessels.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson said:

“We are aware of an incident concerning two Minehunters alongside in Bahrain. There are no casualties as a result of this incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further whilst investigations are ongoing.”

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Dennis Reeves
Dennis Reeves
2 months ago

Hmmmmm ….Hats on no coffee moment.
There’s a chap locally in Pembroke Dock who could patch them up no problem 😊

Crabfat
Crabfat
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Reeves

That’s one captain on his way home!

Coll
Coll
2 months ago
Reply to  Crabfat

It will be a promotion for cost-cutting.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Coll

Fail Upwards you mean

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Coll

speaking of cost cutting the USNI site is reporting the u.s navy aims to retire 48 ships up to 2026

Dave
Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Retiring ships when we are at war, and whether this is admitted or not we are at war, is unbelievably stupid

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Bu we’re used to stupid stuff aren’t we?

Last edited 2 months ago by Andy reeves
Dave
Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

yup, sadly…. I have no idea when we will have a single politician in the house of commons or a single civil servant anywhere whose brain can think beyond how much money they can shove in their back pocket

Coll
Coll
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

I didn’t realise that there was two tugs on the operate side to the camera.

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  Crabfat

His ? *SEXIST !!!!!*

Crabfat
Crabfat
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

I’ll get my coat…

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Crabfat

👍

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Yeah you should see my wife parallel park

Dave
Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Indeed, he identifies as a captain but I guess these days that could be something allowed for a misguided goat

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Reeves

cash in hand?

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 months ago

That’s not going to buff out with a bit of Tcut…..

someone’s career is firmly up the spout.

Deep32
Deep32
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Believe that one vessel had some sort of mechanical/engine failure – tbc?

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

someone had nicked the wing mirrors!

Deep32
Deep32
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Scuttlebutt is that the engines were wired up back to front-apparently!!

pete
pete
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

Its been leaked that the controls for the motor were wired up so forward and reverse were mixed up !

Challenger
Challenger
2 months ago

And we have sod all mine-hunters left so swapping them out with sister vessels will be difficult-impossible!

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

We could borrow a couple from the Ukranians I guess.

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Luckily, the Turks refused to let us deliver them to Ukraine 😂

Dave
Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Yeah, we are at war and the civil servants that want Russia to win (all of them) are happy to continue to run our armed forces down to the point we will be fighting with catapults and no clothes

Caspian237
Caspian237
2 months ago

Checking online for info about this incident I found plenty of news reports from 2021 about the same ship colliding with another vessel while trying to park. Then commanded by a Lt Cdr Reeves while attempting his first parallel park in the dark. I wonder who’s in charge this time?

Arson Fire
Arson Fire
2 months ago
Reply to  Caspian237

Anyone would think it was my Mrs driving (piloting)

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Caspian237

Prince Andrew?

Farouk
Farouk
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Nah Ed Balls

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

wasn’t he dodging exocets at the time?

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Actually Prince Epstein as the Co pilot was charged with holding the pilots thermos flask

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Caspian237

not me, i was at school that day.

Caspian237
Caspian237
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Aha, a likely story. Next time remember to check you rear view mirrors!

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago

Lovely excuse for Messrs Hunt, Shapps and Sunak to get their red pens out…

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago

keep risky sunak away from red pens

lonpfrb
lonpfrb
2 months ago

If these manoeuvres are difficult why wouldn’t one or more tugs be used to get it done safely?

I’m not suggesting an Admiral K style tug your unserviceable carrier about rather typical tug use for harbour manoeuvres..

Surely a modest expense compared to flying repair specialists on scene and the unpredictable cost of repair..

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  lonpfrb

You answered it in the first sentence…….. This is not a difficult manoeuvre…. I’m guessing something went wrong.

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

really?

AlexS
AlexS
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Even less difficult to make in a minehunter that have very precise controls because of its missions.

Unless this is a mechanical failure which is another kind of bad i wonder what the hell was going at bridge of that minehunter at time.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  lonpfrb

We used too raft up in the Gulf 3 Hunts one at anchor and one eithercside never did we have full speed astern like that and I served on the Chid

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

somebody leaned on the throttle reaching for their coffee cup

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

That was the problem when they designed the Hunts bridge layout lots of places too lay your Bino’s but forgot Cup holders they’d be left on the Vhf radio , chart table , and yes between the Bow thruster and rev counter

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Really ?

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  lonpfrb

i believe the captain was captain know-it-all,

Ron
Ron
2 months ago

Bumps a daisy. Not sure how that hole is going to be repaired. Not even sure if the repair could be done in that part of the world. As for the skipper, unless there was a mechanical fault he or she will never command again.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Enough to make you weep….

Rowan Wagstaff-Weston
Rowan Wagstaff-Weston
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

ASRY just around the corner might be able to do it… amazing what you can do with enough slaves.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago

Ohhh….I am a slave!
I will consider that when I receive my Tax-free wage packet in a couple of days time.
Perhaps you are referring to the other Ship Repair company who is not far from UKNSF

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

They all used to work as painters in Jebal Ali and go through the slops bin

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

The lads still do. The stuff some of the ships ditch is unbelievable. Recent visitor emptied there dry provisions store. Unopened 1/2 litre pots of spices, sauces, bags of rice. The lads had the lot

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Where there’s muck there’s Dinna or Dinner

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Estimate £25m to repair? HMS Chiddingfold relatively undamaged, & a wiring issue. HMS Bangor most of that sum then, understandably. But if that’s mostly the cost of repairing a hole in a glass fibre hull, plus some etc. I’m beginning to think £100m ‘not too bad’ for a Type 23! We sure these estimates are no exaggeration?

Last edited 2 months ago by Gavin Gordon
Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Bangor…Hmmm…wont be 25mil…She is due to go soon if its up in that level of cost they would scrap it and spend the money elsewhere on Harrier for MCMV

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Interesting, thanks – we’ll see what transpires.

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

“With Penzance just gone, we can’t decommission another minehunter without getting the new Castles in the water. The press are starting to ask questions.”

“But there aren’t enough autonomous replacements and no RFA to crew the new motherships. We’ll just have to tell the press we can’t comment on our MCM capabilities for security reasons.”

“Even the opposition aren’t going to swallow that one for much longer. I suppose there’s no alternative.”

“Hold on, chaps. I have a cunning plan….”

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Sounds a bit more of ‘left hand down a bit’ to me or am I showing my age. Certainly sounds like a bit of a navy lark to me.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Just seen a photo of the Hunt Hms Berkeley sold to Greece hit by a ship and sliced in half everything aft of the funnel gone but still afloat !! Get the masking tape out for the Bangor it’s just a scratch

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

RFA Stirling Castle is very much “In the Water”, she is currently birthed at Portland and has been for many months now……. nothing really happening it seems.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

No crew

Sleepy
Sleepy
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Castle left Portland nearly a week ago, so she must have some crew!

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Sleepy

I stand corrected then…. I was last there two weeks ago and she hadn’t moved for months….. Where is she now ?

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Plymouth

Jon
Jon
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Three more to come, or is it four?

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

are they hiding migrants on her?

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Well the Migrants are free to roam around…. I see them in various places, they are accommodated not so far away from where Castle was moored, in the Barge a few hundred metres away.

Blue Fuzz
Blue Fuzz
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Cheaper to re-commission Penzance and send her to Bahrain than to repair Bangor perhaps 🤔

Andy P
Andy P
2 months ago

Got sent some pictures of this earlier, it didn’t really matter when we had loads of them but now it might be a bit tricky to ‘one for one’ them.

Reminds me of the Christmas card we got at Commcen Pitreavie (as was) from HMS Brecon that made the headlines for running aground, something along the lines of ‘Make like the Brecon this Christmas… get smashed’. I think it made the papers. 😂

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

No, no! I said “Bangor”.

Or

Was this really necessary to get Grimsby through to the Odessa “scrapyard”?

Last edited 2 months ago by Jon
David Smile
David Smile
2 months ago

Pity there wasn’t a football on the bow of the other vessel, they might have seen it 😉

Ralph
Ralph
2 months ago

There must have been a mechanical or something…I can’t believe a captain would not notice the ship there, and its travelling so quickly, I thought the video was sped up at the beginning. I think somethings stuck at full revs.

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
2 months ago
Reply to  Ralph

Thats what I thought. Even when they hit the water is still churning like it’s still going backwards.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Ralph

As an ex Chid crew helmsman position starboard side bridge looking forward on his left hand side are the Bow thruster lever and engine rev counter the ship was going astern rather quickly and couldn’t see if the Bow thruster was in use too Swing the Bow round someone’s not going to be in the Kings birthday honours list

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Ralph

never quite grasped theres no reversing or wing mirrors on our ships.

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
2 months ago

Two more for the chop.😕

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
2 months ago

I watched the video first and thought that’s a big crunch. Someone order some sheets of fibre glass and phone gunbuster

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  monkey spanker

nah, bit of gafa tape and some pussers grey paint and the admiral won’t even know it happened

Kevin Banks
Kevin Banks
2 months ago

There’s no justification for such poor shiphandling. Letting the Cadet ‘have a go?’

Airborne
Airborne
2 months ago

HMS “Bangor” oh dear how badly spelt apt! 😂

Marked
Marked
2 months ago

That’ll be an excuse to scrap at least one of them then…

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

Well that is at least one and probably 2 less ships available to the RN!!

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

more cuts to the fleet.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago

I blame this on the manpower crisis. Obviously got so desperate, Albert Trotter returns.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago

I watched the vid in disbelief. That vessel is going astern at some speed. What was he trying to do? Don’t they have lookouts these days?

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Not since they removed the crows nests.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

I think so as I thought I heard some shout look out just before the crash!

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Or maybe something mechanical broke down ?…. I can’t see this happening due to human error personally.

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

the skippers

Marked
Marked
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Fitted for but not with lookouts

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago

There goes another one…

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Incompetence and yet another news story the RN can ill afford. What on earth is going on? Lack of proper leadership??

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Or maybe it was a breakdown ? Crikey Rob, at least wait and see what actually happened………

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

more incidents like this and we’ll definately have no ships

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
2 months ago

‘Lefth and down a bit …’

Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
2 months ago

Moto we had on HMS FIFE in 1970 was “Look astern before you turn”

Frank
Frank
2 months ago

The Sun reports that “Sailors are battling to stop warship from sinking”…. I was expecting a different headline along the lines of… “Royal Navy Battleship rams State of the art Destroyer”……

A&Daccountant
A&Daccountant
2 months ago

lol, what a colossal cock up

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

I will make a prediction, no substantial repairs, fast tracked for decommissioning….

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

and thats just the captain.

Andy
Andy
2 months ago

roll of black and nasty mind it comes in grey now problem solved lol…

Peter S
Peter S
2 months ago

Unbelievable. Clearly enough crew on board for someone to notice.
But the bigger lesson is that we have no reserves. Any ship/ boat damaged cannot be replaced. A new build replacement would take years.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago

Who’s the Daddy !!!! for a 40 year old she can still rear end any competition looks like Bangor will be on this month’s disposal list change her pennant number and swap her with one sold to Ukraine

Sleepy
Sleepy
2 months ago

Think this must have been a mechanical failure, you can clearly hear someone call “full ahead” at the beginning of the video, but the ship continues with full astern even after the collision.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Sleepy

Sounds like that’s someone on the dock though. Potentially in comms with the bridge, but could just be talking to themselves.

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Sleepy

do we keel haul captains?

John
John
2 months ago

Russians, Houthis and others all having a good giggle.

MH
MH
2 months ago

Doing the Tories work for them!

Last edited 2 months ago by MH
Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago

Oh dear some ones in big trouble , skull 💀 and bones time 🇬🇧

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Skull and crossbones hee hee we always wore what was named “Pirate rig” when away from port

DeeBee
DeeBee
2 months ago

Of all the flipping times for this to happen!!

Bill
Bill
2 months ago

What an embarrassment!! 🤦🏻‍♂️

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago

Just reading HMS Penzance been retired hmm 😒 maybe new lest of live ?

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

NavyLookout saying “sources” claim it was a mechanical fault after contractor work.

David
David
2 months ago

Well, that’s two more decommissioned. That there are no “Castle” replacements ready won’t stop that…..

andy reeves
andy reeves
2 months ago

thats a career ending boo boo!!!

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Will fail Upwards and given a draft to Dartmouth Navigation and seamanship teaching the future OOWs on how not to come alongside

Tyrone Guthrie
Tyrone Guthrie
2 months ago

Well thats one guy who USED to be a Captain that has a lot of explaining as to how he managed to hit the other ship lololol

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago

Cold move.
Tug line parted.

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

Take the blind idiots in charge of these boats (they aren’t big enough to be ships), get them to do the repairs personally paying out of their own pockets then dismiss them with no pension or redundancy for total incompetence

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

External factors involved and not down to the crew

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago

Apparently rewiring of Fwd and reverse control meant Fullahead was Full astern and vice versa oh what a wheeze why wasn’t work done not inspected ?

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

That story is bollox. Came from the Naffi queue.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Probably headline was from the Observer newspaper

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Today’s daily telegraph stated the same explanation taken from of all papers The Guardian nough said on that story then .

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

I was over there yesterday and got something of a low down on it. There are a long, long list of issues that added up to the “Swiss Cheese, All the holes all align” moment.

The BOI will be an interesting read.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Flown out too conduct enquiry, rather than in house will show how much the issue of local contractors working on MOD property rather than if it still exists FMG mobile is value for money . Who ever signed off on completion of work has some explaining too do .

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

I honestly though that Fibreglass on ships hulls, was a thing of the past. And then £25million worth of damage done… by a fibreglass ship crushing another fibreglass ship… the mind truly boggles.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Non magnetic Hms Wilton ton class minesweeper was the first with such a low magnetic signature production was ramped up for the Hunt and then Sandowns I did feel safe clearing minefields which had all manner of minetypes during OP Granby not one Hunt was damaged throughout the Conflict

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Monty python moment,”you lucky, lucky,bstd. Weird that Chid had to ram Banger’*and totally miss the jetty. Anyhoo, somebody’s for the bin.🙃🕳️ back to me hole😊

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  DH

Bangor has a TV sized hole patch her up with masking tape We sold Hms Berkeley another hunt to the Greeks she got sliced completely in two and remained afloat the press are making such a big deal just super glue it back in place and repaint her or put a double glazed window in with curtains (for darken ship) job done

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

‘least all the loons are alright, small mercy 🙏👌👍

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  DH

I’ll light a candle for them all it’s the least a taxpayer can do 🕯

Cymbeline
Cymbeline
2 months ago

I see The Telegraph are reporting a recent rewiring was carried out wrongly., but Schapps is not blaming anyone.

Jason
Jason
2 months ago

Hate to rain on this but as an ex mariner it was NOT two vessels colliding. One of the vessels was securely alongside with a gangway out so it was the inept handling one ONE vessel colliding into another.