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        HMS Brocklesby

        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.

        vincit amor patriae – Love of country conquers.

        Ship's Motto
        HMS Brocklesby

        The minehunter can often be found in action at the largest military exercise in Europe - Joint Warrior held off the west coast of Scotland. In October last year she paid a visit to Rotterdam to take part in World Port Days, a three-day celebration of the sea.

        In early 2011 she joined Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) along with her NATO European brethren, conducting Historical Ordinance Disposal, Route Survey and Maritime Security in the Mediterranean.

        Since then she has acted in support of Operation Unified Protector and UNSCR 1973 to enforce the arms embargo off Libya and helped protect the Libyan population.

        She is the first Royal Navy MCMV to conduct live Mine Disposal Operations in response to specific mining since 2003.


        John Cromie

        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS Diamond, HMS York
        Military experience

        A native of Northern Ireland, Lt Cdr John Cromie was educated at the Abbey Grammar Christian Brothers School in Newry, after which he continued his studies at the University of Southampton attaining a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences and an MSc (Distinction) in Information Systems. Joining the Royal Navy as a direct graduate entrant in Jan 1999, he completed basic and initial training before specialising as a Fighter Controller

        From 2000 to 2004 he enjoyed rewarding appointments to both HMS Southampton and HMS Invincible. This period encompassed deployments to the Middle East, Mediterranean, Black Sea, South Atlantic, United States and as far north as the Artic Circle.

        2005 marked the start of a particularly challenging assignment where, after three months of intensive language training, he commenced a 2 and a half year exchange onboard the French Flagship Charles de Gaulle. This appointment encompassed 3 major deployments, including extensive operations in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Heracles (The French Navy's contribution to air operations over Afghanistan). Principally borne as a Fighter Controller, his time with the French Carrier also provided significant exposure to embarked NATO Battle Staff operations.

        Upon return to the UK in 2007, Lt Cdr Cromie completed Initial Staff Course before Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) Training, during which he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Commander.

        Returning to sea in early 2009, he was appointed to HMS York, initially as PWO (A), completing a full regeneration cycle, including a comprehensive trials and workup package. This ultimately led to him assuming the role of Operations Officer for a 6 month deployment to the South Atlantic. In 2010 he returned to the Maritime Warfare School (MWS) to undertake the Anti-Air Warfare Officer (AAWO) course, on completion of which he was awarded the BAE Systems Prize for top AAWO student of 2010.

        From 2011 to 2012, he was appointed to the newly commissioned Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, initially as the Air Warfare Officer for stage 2 trials. In due course, he additionally assumed the mantle of Operations Officer, Warfare HOD and Senior Warfare Officer for final pre-deployment training as well as for the ship's inaugural deployment to the Middle East. During this deployment the ship operated as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Force as well as integrating into 3 separate US Carrier Battle Groups.

        2013 saw his first shore assignment as the Officer in Charge of PWO training at MWS Collingwood. During this very rewarding instructional appointment, he oversaw the transition of numerous new PWOs into the Fleet. Selected for Sea Command in late 2013, he undertook Commanding Officer's Designate Course in the Spring of 2014 before assuming Command of MCM2 Crew 1 and HMS Brocklesby in April 2014.

        Lt Cdr Cromie lives in Hampshire with his wife and 3 young children where he typically spends his spare time pushing swings in the play park, assisting with homework and telling bedtime stories.




        Brocklesby returns home from NATO deployment
        11 April 2014

        Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Brocklesby returned home today (April 11) after...

        Crete expectations for Brocklesby during two-day NATO exercise in the Mediterranean
        07 April 2014

        Italian frigate ITS Aliseo leads a line of international warships...

        Brocklesby flies the flag on NATO operations
        24 March 2014

        On the 29th January 2014, HMS Brocklesby sailed from Portsmouth...

        HMS Brocklesby deploys on mine-hunting mission
        29 January 2014

        HMS Brocklesby sailed today (29 January) for a four-month NATO...


        Operation NATO Force

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        The RN as part of the wider UK defence contribution to OP UNIFIED PROTECTOR is providing a ship to support the enforcement of the No Fly Zone and UNSCR 1973. The ship conducts maritime security patrols, surveillance and is able to deliver effect ashore through Naval Fires.















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        HMS Brocklesby


        HMS Brocklesby HISTORY

        • The First Brocklesby

          The present HMS Brocklesby is the third to bear the name. The first was an ex-coaster taken up from trade in 1916. Re-categorised as a Merchant Fleet Auxiliary she was used to patrol the East Coast. She was paid off in June 1917.

        • The Second Brocklesby

          The second HMS Brocklesby was a Type I Hunt-class destroyer of 1,000 tonnes displacement. Laid down on 18 November 1939 by Cammell Laird and Co Ltd of Birkenhead, she was launched on 30 September 1940 and completed on 1 April 1941. Her armament consisted of four 4inch HA/LA guns, four 2-pounder pom-poms in quadruple mountings and two 20mm Oerlikons. Two 40mm Bofors were added in 1947. To combat the submarine threat she had one rail and two throwers for depth charges.

        • Raids and Repairs

          On completion, HMS Brocklesby joined the 15th Destroyer Flotilla under Plymouth Command. Her first duty was to cover convoys until, in 1942, she took part in the raid on St Nazaire. This raid put the Great Lock out of action, the only place that the German battleship Tirpitz could be docked. In August of the same year Brocklesby took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe. Brocklesby provided covering fire for one of the 13 groups involved in the raid in company with the Polish destroyer Slazak. During the raid Brocklesby steamed within 500 yards of the beach and came under heavy fire, taking several hits. Repairs took six weeks. On rejoining the Flotilla Brocklesby was soon in action again in Operation Bowery in which the German armed raider Komet was torpedoed and sunk as she attempted to break-out on a second sortie in the English Channel. During the engagement Brocklesby suffered superficial damage and one rating onboard was injured.

        • Joining the Mediterranean Fleet

          In February 1943 Brocklesby joined the Mediterranean Fleet. She was to serve for nearly two years employed chiefly as a convoy escort. In the first week of June 1943 she took part in the escort of what is believed to be the largest convoy of the war. The convoy consisted of 129 merchantmen and 19 escort vessels. The whole convoy covered an area of 68 square miles. The convoy left Casablanca on 1 June and, after detaching units to various North African ports, arrived in Tripoli on 8 June without loss. In the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943, Operation Husky, Brocklesby was allocated to Force V under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Phillip Vian. On 12 July she had the honour of conveying Admiral Ramsay, General Eisenhower and General Montgomery to Bark West where the assault had been made by a combined Canadian and British force. For the remainder of 1943 and 1944 Brocklesby took part in several bombardments of enemy positions, including the landing at Salerno when the mainland of Italy was invaded.

        • Recall and Reclassification

          Increased enemy activities with U-boats and E-boats in home waters in the early part of 1945 resulted in the recall of six Hunt-class destroyers from the Mediterranean for service nearer home. Brocklesby was one of those detailed and she returned to Plymouth on 16 March. She then operated out of Harwich as part of the 16th Destroyer Squadron. In 1945 she was reclassified as a frigate.

        • Sailing for the Last Time

          Brocklesby was still in service into the 1960s, predominantly as a training ship. On 22 June 1963, HMS Brocklesby, the last of the Hunt-class, sailed into Portsmouth for the last time. After 22 years’ service she paid off, de-stored and was placed on the sales list. On 21 October 1968 she was bought by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd and broken up at Faslane.

        • The Present Brocklesby

          The present HMS Brocklesby was built by Vosper Thornycroft shipbuilders at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 12 January 1982 by the Viscountess Trenchard, the wife of Viscount Trenchard MC, Minister of State for Defence Procurement. She was accepted into service on 25 October 1982 and commissioned on 3 February 1983 at HMS Vernon. The ship’s name is taken from the Brocklesby Hunt owned by Lord Yarborough, whose family crest was adopted by the ship. The ship has a close association with the town of Brocklesby.

        • Iraq

          HMS Brocklesby gained her most recent battle honour when she was among the first coalition ships into Umm Qasr during operations in Iraq. She was part of a task group of MCMVs that cleared a mined channel into the port, enabling vital logistics support by sea for coalition forces.

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