HMS Chatham Bridge
When Medway Council decided that they wanted to name the road bridge that links St. Mary’s Island to the mainland they put it to the vote of the residents it serves. The council received many suggestions, but overwhelmingly one name stood out, that of HMS Chatham the type 22 Frigate which was commissioned in number 2 basin in Chatham Maritime.
HMS Chatham was associated with its namesake town from launch to decommissioning & made many visits to the once Royal Naval Dockyard in North West Kent. Because of this connection the local council asked the last CO of the ship, Cdr Simon Huntington OBE RN, to unveil the sign commemorating the bridge naming in front of the assembled residents & the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Vaughan Hewett on Saturday 22nd September
2012. The Medway Towns Sea Cadet Unit provided a guard of honour for the occasion, standards were paraded by Chatham Branch Royal Naval Association alongside other maritime organisations & members of 4th (Gillingham) Sea Scout Group. Cdr Huntington spoke with members of the guard as he inspected them, was impressed with their smartness & was pleased to see Cadets he recognised from previous events at which the unit had supported the ship.
After the bridge naming ceremony Cdr Huntington & other guests were treated to a buffet lunch at the St. Mary’s Island community centre open day.
For more information please visit: http://www.sea-cadets.org/medway/
Photo by Mr. John A. Gilkison