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A Royal Navy captain has reportedly smashed a hole in his warship, costing £100,000 in damage.
Lieutenant Commander Simon Reeves was attempting to dock the HMS Chiddingfold in the dark for the first time on March 16.
However, as he tried to parallel park he crashed into another vessel, HMS Penzance, two times resulting in a hole through the warship’s hull.
HMS Chiddingfold, known as ‘Cheery Chid’, will be out of commission for months while it undergoes serious repairs, sources have said.
The repairs to the damages to the 200ft minesweeper, based in the Gulf, are thought to cost £100,000.
A source told the Sun: “He slammed her into reverse, but it was too late. Chiddingfold’s side hit HMS Penzance.
“She swung out and hit her again.”
The impacts are said to have caused two deafening bangs as they tore a hole in the 685-ton HMS Chiddingfold’s plastic hull.
Lieutenant commander Reeves had only taken over the Hunt-class minesweeper at the UK naval base in Bahrain less than a week before the accident occurred.
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He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two young children and joined the Royal Navy as a welfare officer in 2006.
A Navy official blamed the incident on “wind, tide and equipment failure”.
The Royal Navy recently announced it would be deploying high-tech warships to fight a secret Russian navy nuclear submarine known as Losharik.
The craft would be able to destroy or tap into the undersea cables responsible for 97% of worldwide communications and carrying trillions of foals worth of international financial transfers.
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The Telegraph reports that the Ministry of Defence will be bringing in a new Multi Role Ocean Surveillance ship (MROSS) to counter this threat by 2024.
According to the MoD, MROSS will be equipped "with advanced sensors and will carry a number of remotely operated and autonomous undersea drones which will collect data” and will "be able to support with other defence tasks, including exercises and operations in the Arctic which will become an increasingly contested area”.
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