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        Middleton

        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

        The minehunter returned home to Portsmouth in August 2012 after spending three years on duty in the Gulf.

        Her most recent trip was closer to home - she berthed off HMS Belfast on the Thames in November last year to host MPs, dignitaries and business leaders, and to take part in Remembrance Sunday events at Southwark Cathedral in Greenwich and St Anne's in Limehouse.

        Middleton spent 2013 undergoing a mid-life upkeep and re-engineering period with her Deltic engines being replaced by the new and more efficient Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines which, when the work is completed, will significantly enhance her ability to deliver front line capability.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Andy Brown

        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        1999
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Grafton, HMS Explorer
        Military experience

        Andy Brown was born and raised in Cheshire before reading Applied Geology at the University of Birmingham. After 2 years of working in industry he went on to read for an MSc in Mining Geology at the University of Exeter, subsequently joining the Royal Navy in 1999 as a Warfare Officer.

        After initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth he completed Fleet Training in HMS Iron Duke in the South Atlantic and HMS Chiddingfold as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron in UK waters. He took up his first complement appointment as a Bridge Watch-keeper and Diving Officer in HMS Richmond. This included deployments to the Caribbean and United States and culminated in a 6-month deployment to the Gulf as part of OPERATION TELIC (Iraq), during which HMS Richmond was involved in live Naval Fire Support operations on the Al Faw peninsula.

        In September 2003 he was appointed to HMS Newcastle as the senior Bridge Watch-keeper and, having successfully completed Frigate Navigators Course in January 2004, he re-joined HMS Newcastle as the Navigator on her deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Sea as part of the NATO Standing Naval Force Mediterranean. This was followed by an appointment in HMS Grafton as the Navigating Officer in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of the UK MARSTRIKE ’05 Task Force. He assumed Command of Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit and HMS Explorer in October 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed 2 years in Command undertaking deployments around the UK, Northern Europe and the Baltic, providing maritime security and training.

        Following a period of professional training he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer in March 2010 and served in HMS Westminster as the Above Water Warfare specialist conducting Operational Sea Training and Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare training before the Ship assumed the duty of the high readiness anti-submarine frigate protecting UK waters. During this time HMS Westminster was activated in support of OP DEFERENCE and OP ELLAMY off the coast of Libya in 2011 as the groundwork was laid for the No-Fly-Zone and NATO airstrikes. Taking over as the Operations Officer in early 2011 the Ship went through a period of focussed operational training before deploying on operations to the Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of OP KIPION. During the operation the Ship contributed to the protection of UK interests in the region, provided maritime security, disrupted pirates, seized millions of pounds worth of heroin and promoted international partnerships.

        In December 2012 he was appointed as a staff officer in Naval Command HQ, responsible to Captain Surface Ships in Portsmouth and contributing to the management of the timely generation of frigates and destroyers for operations.

        He assumed Command of HMS Middleton and MCM2 Crew 8 on 10 February 2014.


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        Middleton’s divers hone underwater skills with a week in Gibraltar
        Middleton’s divers hone underwater skills with a week in Gibraltar
        30 April 2013

        Divers from minehunter HMS Middleton swapped England’s south coast for...

        HMS Shoreham leads American minehunters USS Dextrous and Sentry through the Strait of Hormuz with HMS Diamond providing escort. Picture: PO(MTO) Chris Weissenborn, RNZN
        Six of the best from Navy minehunters as they mark Gulf milestone
        03 January 2013

        Royal Navy minehunters are marking six years of keeping the...

        HMS Middleton visits London
        Minehunter arrives alongside HMS Belfast in London
        08 November 2012

        Royal Navy minehunter HMS Middleton has arrived in London ahead...

        Lt Cdr Dennis
        Royal Navy Officer Awarded MBE For 14 Month Gulf Deployment
        28 September 2012

        A Marlow-born Royal Navy officer who deployed on two back-to-back...

        OPERATIONS

        Operation Gulf MCMV

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf. The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

        Maintenance

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        In maintenance: Currently undergoing an upkeep period to prepare the ship for continued duties with the Fleet by maintaining and improving our engines, weapons and communications systems.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M34

        Displacement

        685tonnes

        Complement

        45personnel

        Length

        60Metres

        Beam

        10metres

        Draught

        3.4metres

        Top Speed

        15knots

        Range (Nautical)

        1500miles

        Launch Date

        27/04/83

        Commissioned date

        15/08/84

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        HMS Middleton HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Middleton
        • Once a Lord...

          Little known fact – one ship carried the name HMS Lord Middleton. She was a requisitioned naval trawler, taken over by the Admiralty in 1939 and saw service during World War 2.

        • Services

          The mine countermeasures vessel HMS Middleton is the second ship to be named after the Middleton Hunt. The first, a Hunt-class destroyer (L74) was launched during World War 2 and decommissioned in 1958.

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