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Bahrain. Two British minesweepers collided in port

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Two British minesweepers, ships designed to remove sea mines, collided in the port of Bahrain. An investigation is underway to explain the causes of the incident, the Royal Navy said on Saturday.

The collision occurred on Thursday. HMS Chiddingfold collided with HMS Bangor, causing a large hole in the side of the other ship.

– I am aware of a recent incident involving two minesweepers in the port of… Bahrain. First of all, I would like to emphasize that fortunately, no one was hurt in the collision, but there was some damage. Why this happened will be explained. We train our staff to the highest standards and rigorously enforce machinery safety standards, but unfortunately incidents of this nature can still occur. I assure you that a full and thorough investigation is already underway,” said Rear Admiral Edward Ahlgren.

Royal Navy did not say when HMS Bangor would be able to return to service. A ship whose home port is Faslane in Scotland, has long been participating in the mission in the Persian Gulf to ensure the safety of navigation in this water area. She is one of seven Sandown-class naval mine-clearing ships currently in service with the Royal Navy, although she was due to be decommissioned next year.

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BBC News notes that this was not the first collision involving HMS Chiddingfold. In 2021, also off the coast of Bahrain, it hit HMS Penzance, a ship of the same class as HMS Bangor.

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