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        HMS Bangor

        Minehunter HMS Bangor is one of seven Sandown-class mine countermeasures ships based in Scotland. In 2011 she deployed off Libya as part of the NATO operation Unified Protector to protect Libyan civilians under threat of attack.

        HMS Bangor’s ships company epitomise everything that is great about our men and woman, from their stoic response to her short notice activation to the professional and flexible manner in which they conducted operations; the country, the RN and their families should be proud.

        HMS Bangor

        During that operation, the small ship found a 2,400lb mine and a torpedo lying on the seabed off the Libyan port of Tobruk. Both were safely destroyed by Bangor's remote-controlled drone Sea Fox - and Bangor bore two shadowy silhouettes on her hull to mark the achievement.

        HMS Bangor spent most of 2012 in and around her home port of Faslane, with visits over to her affiliated town in Northern Ireland and demanding multinational exercises such as Joint Warrior off the coast of Scotland. 2013 also saw Bangor playing a role in the Joint Warrior exercises off Scotland, and in the summer of that year she played a starring role in the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs in North Ayrshire.


        Stephen Brown

        Leiutenant Commander
        HMS Penzance, Ramsey
        Military experience

        Stephen (Steve) was born in Rhodesia in 1966, raised in the bush and educated at boarding school. Leaving Zimbabwe shortly after Independence, he joined the Royal Navy as a Junior Rating in 1984, he completed a Marine Engineering apprenticeship and served in HM Ships Falmouth, Intrepid, Cornwall and Brazen, qualifying for promotion to Chief Petty Officer late in 1989.

        Commissioned in 1990, as a junior Officer he undertook extensive training ashore and spent time instructing at HMS Royal Arthur and Joint Service Sailing Centre Gosport.

        Training at sea included time as Ship’s Diving Officer and as a junior boarding officer in HMS Birmingham on NATO tasking and in the Adriatic. He went on to navigate HMS Inverness until 1995 after which he attended Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer’s (MCDO) course where he was awarded the Superintendant of Diving trophy in 1996.

        A short tour with an EOD team preceded appointments in HM Ships Berkeley(Operations Officer) and Bicester (Executive Officer) where he enjoyed busy programmes with a balance of Fishery Protection and On-Call-Force MCM tasking.

        Principal Warfare Officer’s course in 1999 led to promotion to Lieutenant Commander and service in HMS Southampton where the highlight was a nine month Middle East deployment contributing directly to the establishment of UK’s presence in Afghanistan post 9/11.

        Thereafter he joined HMS Marlborough as Operations Officer, deploying to the Middle East where the Ship played a key part in the battle for the Al Faw peninsula in 2003; before continuing on to Australasia and the Far East to complete another rewarding deployment.

        Returning to his minewarfare roots in Sep 2003 he joined the Staff of NATO’s Standing MCM Group as the Principal Staff Officer, serving in Danish Minelayers Lindormen and Lossen and the Norwegian Minelayer Vidar.

        A year later he joined MCM2 as Staff Operations Officer/Chief of Staff until summer 2006 when he joined Commander Operations’ Staff as a scheduler, minewarfare and diving advisor. More recently he has served in the MoD Operations Directorate in Whitehall, focusing on UK operations and the Defence contribution to counter terrorism and cross-government resilience.

        In August 2009, Steve assumed Command of HMS Penzance (MCM1 Crew 4), moving to HMS Ramsey (MCM1 Crew 6) in January 2010 then back to Penzance with Crew 6 to deploy in May 2010. He left Command in August 2011 to become the Deputy Commander Sea Training at FOST (MPV) in Faslane then moved from FOST (MPV) to CNPERS as an officers career manager in summer 2012. He returned to Faslane in Command of Northern Diving Group in January 2014.

        Steve is married to Amanda, a Pathologist and mother of Isabella (born March 2009), the family live in Kilcreggan with their energetic dog. Steve is a keen sportsman who has swum to international standard, shot and played rugby at inter-service level. Slowing down slightly with maturity, he keeps himself fit while enjoying offshore sailing, fly fishing, road cycling and hill walking but still satisfying his passion for rugby with occasional coaching and a close following of Leicester Tigers.




        Joint Warrior
        Joint Warrior exercise off Scotland comes to an end
        18 October 2013

        Royal Navy ships, submarines and aircraft together with NATO partners...

        HMS Somerset ready for Joint Warrior
        Royal Navy ready for Joint Warrior
        09 October 2013

        Royal Navy frigates and Mine-Hunters are ready to take part...

        Royal visit for HM Naval Base Clyde
        Royal visit for HM Naval Base Clyde
        14 June 2013

        His Royal Highness, The Duke of Rothesay, paid a visit...

        HMS Bangor sails into Largs to help mark 750th anniversary of battle
        Royal Navy’s HMS Bangor sails into Largs to help mark 750th anniversary of battle
        11 June 2013

        Sandown Class mine hunter HMS Bangor will visit North Ayrshire...


        Exercise Joint Warrior 131


        Joint Warrior (JW) Exercises are planned and conducted by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) based at Headquarters Northwood. JTEPS which is a joint organisation parented by both HQ Air Command & Navy Command (NCHQ).

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        Operation Telic


        An ongoing UK commitment to clearing and maintaining a mine countermeasures force in the Gulf.















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        HMS Bangor HISTORY

        • The First Bangor

          The current HMS Bangor is only the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name. The first HMS Bangor was lead ship of the Bangor-class minesweepers, built at Govan by Harland & Wolff. She was launched on 23 May 1940, commissioned on 19 October 1940 and allocated to the 9th Minesweeping Flotilla, Orkney and Shetland Command, based at Scapa.

        • Bombings

          On 12 February 1941, she was bombed whilst in the Moray Firth. No damage was done but her wireless telegraph was out of action and she retired to Aberdeen for repairs. On the morning of 19 May, Bangor and a group of minesweeping trawlers were attacked by nine Messerschmitt ME 109s. None of the ships were hit, but the ME 109s retired southwards, some making smoke and losing height.

        • Battle Honours

          In August 1942 HMS Bangor was involved in Operation Jubilee – the raid on Dieppe. As a large area of Dieppe was believed to have been mined by the enemy, the minesweepers opened proceedings for the raid by sweeping a broad swathe of the channel. Upon completion, they retired in good order, without having come under attack.

        • Battle Honours

          Operation Neptune, Normandy, June 24/25th 1944. As part of Task Force 129, the Naval component of the D-Day landings, HMS Bangor provided fire support against German positions in Cherbourg. The Germans, having anticipated this, returned fire with several batteries, forcing the minesweepers and thier destroyer escort to withdraw under smoke cover.

        • Royal Norwegian Navy

          In May 1945, HMS Bangor was involved in minesweeping operations to Norway, and in June was one of five Bangor-class minesweepers offered to the Royal Norwegian Navy on loan. She was transferred on 11 November 1945. In October the Norwegian government decided to retain the Bangor by purchase and was renamed the Glomma.

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