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        HMS Cattistock

        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.

        HMS Cattistock

        In early 2013, Cattistock deployed to the Meditterranean in order to undertake duties with the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2). Throughout this period, the ship worked constantly with NATO partners, which included a major Spanish-led exercise of which 14 different nations were involved.

        After returning from the Mediterranean in April 2013, Cattistock commenced UK running, culminating in Operational Sea Training for her crew prior to their deployment in December.

        In January 2014 the ship was taken over by Crew 4, who are set to carry out UK tasking before taking the ship into refit later in the year.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Mark Headley

        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        1999
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Dragon, Diamond, Monmouth
        Military experience

        Born in Fareham in 1975, Mark Headley was educated in Hong Kong and Surrey prior to graduating from the University of Wales Swansea, subsequently joining the Navy in 1999.

        After training appointments in HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Manchester, he joined the Island Class Fishery Protection Vessel HMS Lindisfarne in March 2001 as Correspondence Officer.

        In July 2002 he joined HMS Lancaster as SCO/OOW1. Tasking included OP Fresco and Atlantic Patrol Task (S) as the first deployed Type 23 Frigate with the Merlin Helicopter providing varying challenges.

        Qualifying as a Frigate Navigating Officer in March 2004, he was appointed to HMS Somerset conducting both OP Telic in the Northern Gulf and a period as NATO Deployment to the Mediterranean as part of the NATO Ready Reaction Force.

        Selected for command on his return, he undertook the twin roles of Commanding Officer HMS Raider and Officer in Charge Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit from 2006-2008.

        Successful completion of both the Initial Command and Staff Course(Maritime) at JSCSC Shrivenham and of the Principal Warfare Officers’ (PWO) Course at MWS Collingwood, saw a return to sea in 2009 as Principal Warfare Officer (Above Water) and Operations Officer of HMS Monmouth, deploying to the Middle East on consecutive occasions during a two-year period conducting OPs TeLIC, Calash and Kipion.

        2011 marked a return to the UK and MWS Collingwood cumulating in qualification as an
        Air Warfare Officer (AWO) before winning the BAE Prize as top AWO student of the year and then joining HMS Diamond and proceeding to the Gulf on OP Kipion.

        2013 saw time in HMS Dragon East of Suez as part of the 1SL initiative to assist in passing lessons identified and assisting in rapidly assimilating Type 45 into the USN/USAF Gulf Air Defence architecture and with CSG 8 and USS Dwight D Eisenhower.

        He assumed Command of MCM 2 Crew 4 in HMS Cattistock in January 2014.


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        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M31

        Displacement

        685tonnes

        Complement

        45personnel

        Length

        60Metres

        Beam

        10metres

        Draught

        3.4metres

        Top Speed

        15knots

        Range (Nautical)

        1,500miles

        Launch Date

        22/01/81

        Commissioned date

        16/06/82

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        HMS Cattistock HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Cattistock
        • The First Cattistock

          Two previous Cattistocks have served with the Royal Navy before the current minehunter. The first was a 730-ton minesweeper, launched in 1917, which served in minesweeping flotillas in the Atlantic, the North Sea and in the Baltic.

        • The Second Cattistock

          The second Cattistock was a Type 1 Hunt-class destroyer, launched in 1940. She began her wartime career with the Third Destroyer Squadron in Scapa Flow, then later moved south to the Nore and the Twenty-First Squadron on convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols. During the invasion of Normandy, she screen ships bombarding German invasion barges in Dunkirk harbour among other duties.

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