HMS Brocklesby

HMS Brocklesby

HMS Brocklesby is one of eight Hunt-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels based in Portsmouth. Launched in 1982 and commissioned 13 months later she is the third Ship to bear the name.

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Spring 2012 found the minehunter in action at the largest military exercise in Europe - Joint Warrior held off the west coast of Scotland. She worked alongside sister ships HMS Bangor, Atherstone, Grimsby and Shoreham cleared the Firth of Forth of dummy mines.

Since then she has acted in support of Operation Unified Protector and UNSCR 1973 to enforce the arms embargo off Libya and helped protect the Libyan population.

She is the first Royal Navy MCMV to conduct live Mine Disposal Operations in response to specific mining since 2003.

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HMS Brocklesby will open to public in Douglas

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Current operation Alongside

Currently alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

Location Portsmouth

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Unit History

The First Brocklesby1917

The first was an ex-coaster taken up from trade in 1916. Re-categorised as a Merchant Fleet Auxiliary she was used to patrol the East Coast. She was paid off in June 1917.

The Second Brocklesby1940

The second HMS Brocklesby was launched on 30 September 1940. Her armament consisted of four 4inch HA/LA guns, four 2-pounder pom-poms in quadruple mountings and two 20mm Oerlikons.

Raids and Repairs1942

On completion, HMS Brocklesby joined the 15th Destroyer Flotilla under Plymouth Command. Her first duty was to cover convoys until, in 1942 taking part in the raid on St Nazaire.

Repairs and raids1942

In August she took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe. She provided covering fire for one of the 13 groups involved in the raid with the Polish destroyer Slazak, taking several hits.

Repairs and raids1942

On rejoining the Flotilla Brocklesby was soon in action again in Operation Bowery in which the German armed raider Komet was torpedoed and sunk.

Joining the Mediterranean Fleet1943

In the first week of June 1943 she took part in the escort of what is believed to be the largest convoy of the war. 1943 and 1944 Brocklesby took part in several bombardments of enemy positions.

Recall and Reclassification1945

Increased enemy activities with U-boats and E-boats in home waters resulted in the recall of six Hunt-class destroyers for service nearer home. 1945 she was reclassed as a Frigate.

Sailing for the Last Time1963

On 22 June 1963, HMS Brocklesby, the last of the Hunt-class, sailed into Portsmouth for the last time. After 22 years’ service she paid off, de-stored and was placed on the sales list.

The Present Brocklesby1982

The present HMS Brocklesby was launched 12 January 1982. She was accepted into service on 25 October 1982 and commissioned on 3 February 1983 at HMS Vernon. 

Iraq2003

HMS Brocklesby gained her most recent battle honour when she was among the first coalition ships into Umm Qasr during operations in Iraq. Clearing a mined channel into the port.

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Commanding Officer John Cromie

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander John Crombie joined the Royal Navy in 1999, he assumed command of MCM2 Crew and HMS Brocklesby in April 2014.

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