Royal Navy frigate becomes bound to the county of Essex

Communities / Tue 27th Feb 2024 at 10:01am

HARLOW residents have a ship they can call their own as the Royal Navy’s new frigate establishes deep ties with the county.

Essex County Council has agreed to the county’s affiliation with HMS Venturer, a Type 31 frigate currently under construction in Scotland.

The 115-person ship will represent more than 1.8 million residents living across Essex, from Chigwell to Colchester and Braintree to Basildon.

HMS Venturer is the first Royal Navy ship to be associated with Essex in 30 years.

The frigate HMS Ashanti was affiliated with Southend until she ended active duties in the 1980s. The minesweeper HMS Orwell also enjoyed ties with Harwich, which served as a key naval base through both world wars.

The new HMS Venturer is named after a World War II submarine, which made history as the first sub to sink another while both were submerged.

Her modern-day successor will perform duties around the globe for at least a quarter of a century when she enters service later this decade.

It will be crewed by 115 sailors with capacity for another 70 personnel, such as Royal Marines, raiding teams or drone operators.

HMS Venturer is the first of five Inspiration-class frigates being built by developer Babcock at the Firth of Forth estuary in Fife, Scotland.

Each frigate takes its name from previous warships, the deeds of which have echoed down generations.

HMS Venturer’s name was chosen to represent technology and innovation, inspired by the county of Essex as well as the feats of its submarine predecessor.

The five frigates are designed for wide-ranging operations, from escorting aircraft carrier strike groups to operating independently on security patrols.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “I am proud to call HMS Venturer part of Essex as it adds a new chapter to our county’s deep naval history.

“With the threats the UK is facing around the globe, it is more important than ever that we strengthen our ties with the Royal Navy and show our support for its brave service men and women.

“We look forward to seeing HMS Venturer embark on its maiden voyage.”

Jill Reeves, Chairman of Essex County Council, said: “There is no greater service that can be offered than the protection and safety of the citizens of this country.

“Essex residents will be reassured by and proud of those who serve on HMS Venturer in the future.”

Commander Chris Cozens, Senior Naval Officer of HMS Venturer, said: “It is wonderful that HMS Venturer is affiliated with the county of Essex.

“Essex’s rich naval and maritime history combined with its focus on technology and innovation make it a fitting choice for our next generation frigate. We share a focus on community outreach, linking the sea to science, engineering, maths and industry to benefit our national prosperity.”

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1 Comment for Royal Navy frigate becomes bound to the county of Essex:

2024-02-27 11:00:10

Very cool, its weapon systems are made just over the boarder in Stevenage too

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