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        HMS Shoreham

        HMS Shoreham was launched by Lady Perowne on 9 April 2001 and was formally accepted into service on 28 November 2001. She is the fifth vessel to carry the name. The crew are very proud of her three battle honours from World War 2, Sicily and the Mediterranean in 1943 and Burma in 1944-5. On this site you will be able to find out what we have been up to and where we have visited. We hope you enjoy your visit to HMS Shoreham and please surf back soon.

        HMS Shoreham

        HMS Shoreham is one of four British Royal Navy minehunters currently based in the Gulf. Her role, and that of sister ship HMS Ramsey and Hunts HMS Atherstone and Quorn, is to safeguard the waters of the Gulf. 


        Toby Shaughnessy

        Toby Shaughnessy
        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS Dauntless, HMS Shoreham
        Military experience

        Toby Shaughnessy joined the Royal Navy in January 1993 as a Naval College Entrant after completing his schooling in Suffolk.

        Following Fleet Training in HM Ship’s Cattistock and Edinburgh and subsequent OOW Training, he joined Dumbarton Castle as Gunnery Officer and BSFO, completing two years within the Fishery Protection Squadron.

        He sub-specialised as a Fighter Controller in 1996, joining Edinburgh as FC1 and completed Atlantic Patrol Task (S) and Standing Naval Force (Mediterranean) deployments as well as a busy UK programme.

        After four years in Edinburgh, Toby joined the Royal Navy School of Fighter Control at RNAS Yeovilton as an instructor. After two years in the arms of the Fleet Air Arm, Toby returned to sea as Executive Officer of HMS Lindisfarne, achieving notable success in Fishery Protection Operations before orchestrating her handover to the Bangladesh Navy in 2004.

        After a brief period of training, Toby qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2005 and joined HMS St Albans as PWO(A) and Operations Officer thereafter.

        This assignment included deployments for Op Calash, Telic, and most memorably Op Highbrow in Lebanon.

        Thereafter specialising as an Air Warfare Officer, he joined HMS Gloucester as AWO and Operations Officer in 2007. After eighteen months in post, Toby became the first Operations Officer of the Type 45 HMS Dauntless, bringing her through build and generation into Fleet Service.

        In July 2010, he joined the Maritime Warfare School as Officer in Charge of the Principal Warfare Officer Training Element, responsible for the delivery of training to future PWO’s.

        Toby assumed Command of MCM1 Crew 4 in December 2011 and as Commanding Officer took HMS Shoreham to Operation Kipion in the Gulf. Toby assumed Command of HMS Bangor in January 2013.




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        Top Speed


        Range (Nautical)

        2,500nautical miles

        Launch Date


        Commissioned date


        As long as

        Nelson's Columnis tall.

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        HMS Shoreham HISTORY

        • The First Shoreham

          Four Royal Naval ships have previously borne the name Shoreham, from a 32-gun 'one and a half' decked ship built in 1694, to the 'Shoreham' Class sloop launched in 1930 which gained three Battle Honours for service in World War 2.

        • The Fourth Shoreham

          While the original HMS Shoreham was built at Shoreham and launched in January 1694, the fourth HMS Shoreham was laid down in Devonport Dockyard in December 1929, launched in November 1930 and completed a year later. She displaced 1,105 tonnes and was initially armed with twin 4” guns, though by the end of WW2 she could also boast two quadruple 0.5inch, three 20mm and a 2pdr pompom as anti-aircraft armament.

        • War

          From 1932 to 1939 HMS Shoreham served in the Gulf but on the outbreak of war her area of operation extended as far as the Red Sea. After her participation in the occupation of the Gulf oil port of Adadan, Shoreham served as an anti-aircraft ship at Suez, then to the Eastern Fleet at Colombo as an anti-submarine escort in January 1942.

        • Battle Honours

          Sicily and the Mediterranean

        • Operation Husky

          In February 1943, after a refit in Bombay, she went to Alexandria and the Levant before joining the forces assembled for Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. She returned to the Indian Ocean in September 1943 and rejoined the Eastern Fleet, with which she served until VJ Day.

        • Battle Honours

          Burma, 1944-1945

        • Battle Honours

          World War 2

        • Ordered Home

          After a refit she returned to her pre-war role in the Gulf, but was ordered home in July 1946 to pay off for her disposal. She was sold in November that year and broken up in 1950.

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