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12th September 2003, 20:06

Captain guility in warship mishap
The Irish Times
The captain of the destroyer HMS Nottingham and three of his former officers were yesterday disciplined at a court martial after they pleaded guilty to their parts in causing teh warship to run aground on rocks off Australia last year.

Commander Richard Farringtion (43), the captain of the Type 42 destroyer, pleaded guilty to failing to delegate the responsible of command of the ship properly. He was sentenced to a reprimand - one of the lower navy court martial sentences - due to his charge not carrying any responsibility for the actual grounding.

His second in command, executive officer Lieut Commander John Lea (38) and the officer of the watch, Lieut James Denney (28), were both dismissed from their current ships after pleading guilty to negligence.

Lieut Andrew Ingham (27) the ships navigator, was sentenced to a sever reprimand after also pleading guilty to negligence.

The charges all related to allowing HMS Nottingham to be stranded off Lord Howe Island, Queensland, on July 7th 2002. The grounding ripped a 100ft hole in the ship which caused a repair bill of £39 million, and forced the British navy to bring the warship back to the UK on a transporter.

The president of the court martial, Commodore Philip Wilcocks, would all four defendants: “This incident has undermined the high reputation of the Royal Navy and caused significant embarrassment, wasted resources, and took an operational warship out of active duty for a long period.

"The most important message from this court martial is that the highest navigational standards must be maintained at all times to ensure safety at sea. Your punishment reflects the gravity of these offences".

At the time of the grounding HMS Nottingham was on a "flag waving" diplomatic mission, and was heading towards New Zealand.

The ship has left Cairns in northern Queensland on July 4th and was scheduled to arrive in New Zealand on July 11th. It is expected to be ready for sea trails in the spring, before it can re-enter service.

12th September 2003, 20:25
and I thought our compo culture was bad.....

£390,000.00 per foot
32,500.00 per inch

£1300.00 per mm approx.

or maybe my maths are wrong.

regards etc

13th September 2003, 20:52
I've worked with the navigator on a different ship and am glad he escaped with his career as lets face it, its human error at the end of the day, expensive mistake though!

15th September 2003, 20:37
I wonder will they dock it from the skippers wages on a weekly basis.....

Goldie fish
17th September 2003, 02:35
The bill while massive,is not bad considering that they had to piggy back a damaged destroyer from Australia to England,first removing all ordnance from her stores.
The damage to the ship was quite serious,and I imagine the main reason the officers kept their career is due to the fantastic damage control work done by the crew,no doubt under his supervision. The damage beneath the waterline extended to well over a quarter of the ships length,damaging wiring and plumbing,including that which would be vital for damage control. The repairs were so successful that it was possible to tow the stricken vessel to the nearest shore base in Australia.

17th September 2003, 14:25
The cheapest part of the refit was the actual transporting of the vessel back to the UK...this only cost £2.6 million in 1983 she cost £2oo million to build.......her refit 18 months previous to the accidend had cost a further £ 42 million.....and the current repair cost £42 million.......imagine what the Irish Navy could have for all that dosh. Brits probably got it on the 'never never'

17th September 2003, 14:26
Sorry that last bit should read £11million........all these millions had me confused!

18th September 2003, 13:07
is that about the ship that hit the biggest rock in the sea?

Goldie fish
18th September 2003, 17:55
Here is what it looked like inside....

Goldie fish
18th September 2003, 17:57


more photos of HMS Nottingham (http://pages.zdnet.com/hookares/royal-navy-medic-1945/id35.html)

22nd September 2003, 13:31

30th March 2011, 20:35
Sorry for resurecting such an old thread.

I came across the report of the Board of Enquiry into the grounding of HMS Nottingham and though that some people would be interested in a read.


Goldie fish
30th March 2011, 21:25
Strange that, I was only reading about her transfer home on saturday.

31st March 2011, 09:49
Strange that, I was only reading about her transfer home on saturday.

There you go Goldie, many here say you would have had an excellent career in the RN and I concur.

It is good to see that the Captain in the document, Commander XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (affectionately known as "Moby" Dick Farrington) did not suffer any long-lasting career damage- OBE last year with afternoon tea at the Palace

Queen's Honours List 2010.

As Commanders

Commodore Campbell Stuart CHRISTIE

Captain Michael Edward FARRAGE

Captain Richard FARRINGTON OBE
Rear Admiral Ian MONCRIEFF

But I cannot see why this subject should be brought up now- I was just getting ready to venture out on the Thames this weekend and I am now getting flashbacks! You should be ashamed of yourself, Sluggie.

As an antidote to Sluggie I would like to ask all IMO-ers to stand for the National Anthem


Could somebody please explain why the Royal Family are wearing kilts -I cannot understand it.