HMS Chailey M2009, Builders - Saunders-Roe, Built - 07/01/55
1955 - 60 Served in 51st Minehunting Squadron and selected to participate in Operation Musketeer, the Suez Campaign of 1956, to clear mines and obstructions in Alexandria harbour. They deployed to Malta in September and participated in some work up exercises, but when the plan for landings was shifted to Suez, the minehunters were withdrawn from the Order of Battle and returned to Britain in October before the task force sailed for Suez.
Towards the end of their naval service, the Hams and Leys took on some interesting odd jobs, many connected with training in seamanship for new entrants to the Navy. Chailey however was assigned in 1964-65 as Air-Sea Rescue craft for the RN Air Station at Portland.
Lt Cdr Andrew (Jock) Veitch, a distinguished anti-submarine helicopter Observer, then instructing at the base, found that he was the only Fleet Air Arm officer on the base with a bridge watchkeeping certificate, so he was temporarily appointed to command CHAILEY in addition to his teaching role. He subsequently also commanded HMS DARK INTRUDER in that role.
1965 For disposal
1969 Sold for break up