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        Penzance

        HMS Penzance

        HMS Penzance is a Sandown Class minehunter whose role is to neutralise underwater threats and clear the sea-lanes for shipping. HMS Penzance is one of seven Sandown-class minehunters based in Faslane, Scotland.

        In September 2013 the small ship set out to join with NATO Standing Mine Counter-measures Group 2 in the Mediterranean.

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        HMS Penzance

        HMS Penzance spent the early part of 2013 being revamped in Rosyth, then working up through testing and trials to a return to the fleet.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Nicholas Unwin

        Nicholas Unwin
        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        2000
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Dauntless, HMS Kent
        Military experience

        Nick Unwin was educated at Marlborough College and Queen Mary College, University of London before joining the Royal Navy in 2000. Specialising as a Warfare Officer, he won the Queen’s Binoculars on passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College in 2001. He completed his Common Fleet Time in HMS Kent, deploying to the Gulf, and his Specialist Fleet Time in the patrol vessel HMS Lindisfarne, in home waters conducting Fishery Protection.

        His first complement appointments were spent in the destroyer HMS Manchester deploying to the Caribbean (Atlantic Patrol Task (North) in support of UK Overseas Territories and Counter Narcotics patrols) in 2003 and twice to the Mediterranean (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2) as part of the UK’s commitment to NATO, Operation Active Endeavour and maritime security of the region.

        On completion of the Intermediate Staff Course in 2006, Nick was appointed Flag Lieutenant to Commander United Kingdom Maritime Force, the UK’s two star Maritime Commander at readiness. During this period, he deployed with the Maritime Battle Staff afloat and on land, while actively involved in the fascinating world of defence engagement with allied navies and coalition partners worldwide and in particular the Middle East.

        Returning from the Northern Gulf, Nick completed the Principal Warfare Officer Course in 2009 before going back to the Gulf where he joined HMS Kent for her 6 month deployment East of Suez. Appointed as the PWO responsible for Above Water Warfare he operated closely with coalition partners and commands in the Gulf, the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

        On return, Nick was appointed the first PWO (Underwater Warfare) of the new Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless. The following 18 months were spent working through the series of key milestones that a new warship requires to enter Naval service and which included comprehensive weapon firings and equipment sea trials, the achievement of an Initial Operational Capability and her inaugural deployment to the eastern seaboard of the United States.

        Nick joined the Royal Navy’s Operations division in the Northwood Headquarters in July 2011 as the Deputy Fleet Operations Officer coordinating and supporting tasked and deployed front line Naval units on operations in all areas of the world. In April 2013, he assumed command of MCM1 Crew 3, currently in HMS Penzance.

        Married and living in Hampshire, interests include music and sport although the latter is now more watched than played; he is a lapsed Royal Navy and Combined Services hockey player.


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        16 October 2013

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        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M106

        Displacement

        600tonnes

        Complement

        34personnel

        Length

        52.5Metres

        Beam

        10.5metres

        Draught

        2.3metres

        Top Speed

        13knots

        Range (Nautical)

        2,500nautical miles

        Launch Date

        11/03/97

        Commissioned date

        14/05/98

        TAKE A LOOK

        Penzance

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Penzance HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Penzance
        • The First Two Penzances

          The first two ships to bear the name Penzance were small frigates commissioned in 1665 and 1747 respectively.

        • The Third Penzance

          The third was a Bridgewater-class sloop launched from Devonport in 1930.

        • Attack

          Employed on convoy duties the ship left Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 15 August 1940 as the sole escort to another convoy of ships bound for Great Britain. She was later intercepted by a U37, torpedoed, and subsequently sunk resulting in the loss of her Captain and 89 of her crew.

        • The Current Penzance

          Launched by Princess Michael of Kent on 11 March 1997, the current HMS Penzance was commissioned on 14 May 1998 and is the fourth to bear the name.

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