River Class Minesweepers - circa 1984-1986

boulton
18th November 2007, 19:27
Can anyone please supply some personal reminisces, recount some experiences, of the (circa 1984-1986), River class Minesweepers?

There are some excellent photos of these “tidy” looking boats on,
http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/river_class1.htm

and, plenty of technical information (as you might expect) on,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_class_minesweeper

Information which is (largely) confirmed at,
http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Postwar/Mine/river.htm

Whilst technically competent, none of the above links give an idea of what kind of boat they were to serve in; their sea-keeping characteristics; in-service performance/reliability; etc.