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        HMS Blyth

        HMS Blyth

        HMS Blyth is one of seven Sandown class Mine Countermeasures Vessels based HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland. In May 2013, Blyth sailed to London to participate in the Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary commemorations.

        HMS Blyth

        The Crew took part in various events including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral, provided tours of the ship for potential recruits of the Royal Naval Reserve and marched for the Ceremony of the Dues at the Tower of London.

        The Ceremony of the Dues is a magnificent custom. Traditionally Royal Navy vessels that travel to London have to provide a tax (a cask of wine) to the Constable of the Tower in exchange for the protection of the Tower’s guns. On this occasion the parade and offering was made in conjunction with the Ships’ Companies of Edinburgh and Illustrious. The combined detachments from the 3 ships marched into the Tower in front of over 5000 people and paid their tribute to the Constable.

        In addition to the visit to London, Blyth has conducted several periods of mine hunting operations around the UK in support of homeland maritime security. This included safely disposing of a World War II mine in Belfast Harbour.

        Most recently Crew 2 has welcomed her new Commanding Officer. Lt Cdr Ashley Spencer RN relieved Lt Cdr Tim Davey RN at the beginning of June.

        “It is both an honour and a privilege to assume command of Crew 2 and this fabulously capable mine hunter. I can not wait to get stuck in and get the team ready to deploy on operations east of Suez.”

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        Blyth Completes her sea training
        HMS Blyth completes Sea Training package
        21 November 2013

        Having participated in the NATO exercise Joint Warrior, HMS Blyth...

        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 Blyth in action
        Blyth in action
        16 October 2013

        HMS Blyth is in action off the North West coast...

        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...

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        NATO MCM Force

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M111

        Displacement

        600tonnes

        Complement

        34personnel

        Length

        52.5Metres

        Beam

        10.5metres

        Draught

        2.3metres

        Top Speed

        13knots

        Range (Nautical)

        2,500nautical miles

        Launch Date

        04/07/00

        Commissioned date

        20/07/01

        Length Equivalent To:

        1/2football pitch

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        Blyth

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        HMS Blyth HISTORY

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

          The current HMS Blyth is only the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name. The first HMS Blyth, a Bangor-class minesweeper, suffered with engine problems that caused excessive vibrations – the exact opposite of what a good minesweeper requires!She was launched in September 1940, but not completed until June 1941 when she joined the 13th Mine Sweeping Flotilla (MSF) under Plymouth Command.

        • Battle Honours

          Dieppe and the North Sea. Assisted in minesweeping ahead of the assault group bound for the abortive Dieppe raid. Completed this task admirably without coming under attack. Later assigned to the North Sea to clear shipping lanes of German mines.

        • Battle Honours

          English Channel. Vibration defect rendered her unsuitable for sweeping, so she was consigned to patrol and guard duties in the English Channel.

        • Battle Honours

          D-Day, Normandy, June 5-6th 1944. As a part of the 16th Minesweeping Flotilla, she was responsible for sweeping the approach to Utah beach in preparation for the D-Day landings.

        • End of the War

          After the war, she was placed in reserve, before being sold on in 1946 and renamed Radbourne. A brief career as a ferry was brought to an end in November 1952 when she was broken up.

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