In February 1994, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, graciously consented to become Patron of the TON Class Association, a position that he still holds.
Between February and December 1976 Lieutenant HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, was Commanding Officer of HMS Bronington, a TON Class Minehunter, part of the 1st Mine Countermeasures Squadron, based at Rosyth.
Bronington was a fully operational minehunter and under HRH’s command, participated in patrols in Home Waters, NATO exercises and Route Surveys.
In November 1976, he brought the ship into the Pool of London, where she was visited by HM the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing the uniform of Admiral of the Fleet.
The Royal couple met members of Bronington’s ship’s company and chatted informally with them.
His ship’s company made a special badge, which was proudly displayed on the front of the bridge to mark their signal honour.
Our Patron receives a copy of TON Talk and takes a close interest in the affairs of the Association. From time to time he invites members to his homes in Clarence House and Highgrove.