HMS Blyth to sweep in for Dartmouth royal regatta
A Royal Navy minehunter is to be this year’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta guardship.
The 52.5m-long HMS Blyth will be dropping anchor in the Dart as part of the week-long regatta fun of rowing, sailing and air displays.
HMS Blyth is a Sandown class ship, with a crew of five officers and 27 ratings.
She weighs in at 484 tonnes and was launched in 2000.
She will take on the traditional role as guardship in a year when the Royal Navy is celebrating its 150th anniversary links with the Dart as a training ground for naval officers.
Regatta chairman Jonathan Hawkins said: ‘It is a great honour that the Royal Navy has again supported Dartmouth and given us a guardship for regatta. We are looking forward to seeing her on the Dart and giving the crew a great Dartmouth welcome.’
Last year the Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans acted as the guardship for the August regatta event.
The Royal Navy has been providing guardships for the Dartmouth regatta for decades, although at one point in the 1990s the event had to go ahead without a visiting warship and there were concerns that the Royal Navy would axe the tradition altogether.