Two Hunt class ship crews are the new ship’s company of HMS Tyne whose own sailors are to crew the new HMS Forth in order to bring the vessel into service.
According to the Royal Navy, under Project Jicara, two crews from Portsmouth’s 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron will join the Fishery Protection Squadron to man and operate one of the River-class vessels while their own Hunt class ships are out of action undergoing major engine changes.
Mine warfare expert LS ‘Eddie’ Edmonson said: “Pretty much the entirety of a mine warfare rating’s career is spent in minehunters operating in the Gulf. This is a great opportunity for me and the other lads to do something different, expand our skills and maybe get a run ashore somewhere different.”
He and his crewmates will be in charge of Tyne until the end of the year, when they’ll return to the mine world, MCM2 Crew 7 (currently aboard HMS Ledbury) will take over HMS Mersey, allowing the latter’s crew to move onboard HMS Trent.
We’re awaiting comment from the Royal Navy on this, we will update when possible.