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        HMS Quorn

        As one of the Royal Navy’s Hunt Class MCMVs, HMS Quorn represents the cutting edge of Mine Countermeasures capability. Constructed from glass reinforced plastic, HMS Quorn utilises her powerful sonar, underwater mine disposal vehicles and embarked mine clearance divers to locate, prosecute and destroy mines anywhere in the world.

        HMS Quorn at Sea in the Gulf (Aug 11)

        Built by Vosper Thorneycroft Shipbuilders Ltd. at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 23 January 1988 by Lady Rosemary Thompson, HMS Quorn was commissioned into the Royal Navy one year later.

        With a ship's company of 45 and weighing 685 tonnes, HMS Quorn is part of the Royal Navy’s Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

        HMS Quorn is currently one of four Royal Navy minehunters deployed to the Gulf and is crewed by MCM2 Crew 3.


        Stuart Yates

        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS Ark Royal, HMS Albion
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Commander Stuart Yates joined the Royal Navy in 1997 after gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University.

        After initial officer training and Fleet time in HM Ships Brocklesby and Birmingham, Stuart joined HMS Liverpool as an Officer of the Watch in 1999 deploying with NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

        Sub-specialising as a Fleet Navigating Officer, he joined HMS Leeds Castle in 2001, deployed to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. In 2002 he was selected for an exchange appointment to the US Navy serving as Navigation Officer of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill. He enjoyed a challenging and varied appointment with deployments to Canada, the US and to the Mediterranean in support of Op Iraqi Freedom.

        Following three months in HMS Cornwall, he attended the Initial Command and Staff Course (Maritime) and Principal Warfare Officers’ Course, qualifying in December 2005. Specialising in Above Water Warfare, he joined the Amphibious Flagship HMS Albion as the Gunnery Officer seeing service in West Africa (Op Vela) and the Baltic.

        In 2007 Stuart completed further specialist training as an Air Warfare Officer before becoming the Operations Officer of HMS Nottingham on deployment to the South Atlantic. After 12 months he moved over to HMS Edinburgh as the Senior Warfare Officer conducting operations in the lead up to her refit.

        In 2009 he assumed the appointment of Senior Warfare Officer in the Carrier Strike Group Flagship, HMS Ark Royal, conducting Task Group and Carrier Strike operations in the Eastern Seaboard for the UK-led multinational AURIGA 10 deployment.

        Following Ark Royal, Stuart was appointed as N5 (Future Plans) to the Commander of the United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) and was the lead planner for the Responsive Force Task Group (RFTG) COUGAR 11 deployment. Deployed in HMS Albion, COMUKTG planned and executed operations both in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean in support of Op Ellamy off Libya.

        Selected for Command in 2012, he joined the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron in Command of Crew 3 in January 2013. Following a short period in HMS Middleton, he commanded HMS Brocklesby during a period of UK training and operations culminating in Operational Sea Training. He took Command of HMS Quorn, deployed on operations, in January 2014.

        Stuart lives in Worcestershire with his wife and young family.




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        Operation Gulf MCMV

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        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.















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        HMS Quorn


        HMS Quorn HISTORY

        • The First Quorn

          There have been two previous ships of the same name. The first was a minesweeper built by Napier & Miller in Glasgow in 1916 who served with the second fleet-sweeping flotilla. She was sold after a short period in Southampton.

        • The Second Quorn

          The second Quorn was a Hunt Class destroyer built by J.P.White and Co.Ltd. at Cowes. She was launched in 1940 and completed in 1940. HMS Quorn then joined the 21 Destroyer Flotilla at Harwich during the latter stages of 1940. She was to spend the whole of her commission with this Flotilla on convoy protection, anti-shipping and patrol duties, being damaged three times before her loss.

        • The Second Quorn

          In April 1941 she was superficially damaged by two delayed action bombs, which exploded twenty yards from her port quarter. Four months later whilst on passage from Harwich to Chatham, Quorn set off a mine forty yards of her port bow. Repairs at Chatham took until September 1941 to complete.

        • Battles

          In April 1942 Quorn hit another mine while travelling along at 20 knots, one and a half miles east of the Aldeburgh buoy, this blew a 9' by 15' hole in the port side of the ship. Quorn was successfully towed to Harwich and then to Sheerness where repairs took four months to complete. On the 13th October 1942 Quorn had more success as one of the five destroyers that intercepted the German raider Komet in the English Channel.

        • Battles

          The raider was sunk and two M-class minesweepers in company were both set on fire and heavily damaged. An hour later a second patrolling force of the same operation engaged a group of escort vessels, sinking an R-boat and damaging a T-class torpedo boat. In June 1944 Quorn was an escort for personnel convoys during operation Neptune until, on 3rd August, she was hit and sunk during a heavy attack on the British Assault area by E-boats, explosive motorboats, human torpedos and low flying aircraft. Four officers and 126 ratings were lost.

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