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        Hunt Class

        The Hunt-class live up to their name – minehunters. Using high-definition sonar, they hunt the world’s seabeds for mines and lost explosives, which are then destroyed by the Hunt-class ship’s own clearance diving teams or the Seafox mine-disposal system. The small, but perfectly-formed ships boast glass-reinforced plastic hulls to conceal their presence from the lurking underwater threat of sea-mines. Although relatively small at just 750 tonnes, the Hunts are valuable assets for the Navy’s fleet. These ships clear the way of mines to allow safe passage for larger forces, swiftly detecting and destroying any hidden dangers from sea lanes. Portsmouth is the home of the Hunt-class fleet of mine-countermeasures vessels – or MCMVs.

        Hunt Class
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        Vessels in Action

        • HMS Atherstone

          Minehunter HMS Atherstone is one of eight Hunt Class mine countermeasures ships based in Portsmouth. Built by Vosper Thornycroft, Atherstone (known affectionately as the Crazy A) was launched in March 1986.

          Athertson sets sail for a 3 year deployment.
        • HMS Brocklesby

          HMS Brocklesby is one of eight Hunt-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) based in Portsmouth. Built by Vosper Thornycroft from glass re-inforced plastic, Brocklesby was launched in 1982 and commissioned 13 months later. The third Ship to bear the name, she won her most recent battle honours clearing sea-lanes in to Umm Qasr in Iraq during Operation Telic in 2003.

          HMS Brocklesby
        • HMS Cattistock

          HMS Cattistock is one of eight Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) belonging to the 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth. She is the second-oldest serving Hunt, having been built by Vosper Thorneycroft and commissioned in June 1982.

          Hunt Class
        • HMS Chiddingfold

          HMS Chiddingfold is one of eight Hunt-class minehunters in the Royal Navy which make up Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

          HMS Chiddingfold
        • HMS Hurworth

          HMS Hurworth is a Hunt-Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel based in HMNB Portsmouth as part of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron. She continues to play a vital part in the Royal Navy’s worldwide MCMV commitments, in a variety of diverse theatres from the Middle East to the North Atlantic.

          HMS Hurworth
        • HMS Ledbury

          Minehunter HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels operated by the Royal Navy and based in Portsmouth. The ship was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton and commissioned in June 1981 by its Sponsor Lady Elizabeth Berthan. MCM2 Crew 6 is the incumbent Crew.

          Wartime mine pinpointed – then blasted – by Ledbury off Sardinia
        • HMS Middleton

          HMS Middleton, Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV), detects, investigates, and destroys sea-bed threats with the use of high powered sonar, remote underwater vehicles and divers. HMS Middleton is one of eight Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels that forms part of the Royal Navy’s Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

          HMS Middleton

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