HMS Middleton

HMS Middleton detects, investigates, and destroys sea-bed threats with the use of high powered sonar, remote underwater vehicles and divers. 

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The minehunter returned home to Portsmouth in August 2012 after spending three years on duty in the Gulf.

Her most recent trip was closer to home - she berthed off HMS Belfast on the Thames in November last year to host MPs, dignitaries and business leaders, and to take part in Remembrance Sunday events at Southwark Cathedral in Greenwich and St Anne's in Limehouse.

Middleton will spend 2013 undergoing a mid-life upkeep and re-engineering period with her Deltic engines being replaced by the new and more efficient Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines which, when the work is completed will significantly enhance her ability to deliver front line capability.

Middleton’s divers hone underwater skills with a week in Gibraltar

Middleton’s divers hone underwater skills with a week in Gibraltar


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HMS Shoreham leads American minehunters USS Dextrous and Sentry through the Strait of Hormuz with HMS Diamond providing escort. Picture: PO(MTO) Chris Weissenborn, RNZN

Six of the best from Navy minehunters as they mark Gulf milestone

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Current operation Maintenance

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  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

Location Plymouth

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Unit History

Once a Lord...1939

Little known fact – one ship carried the name HMS Lord Middleton. She was a requisitioned naval trawler, taken over by the Admiralty in 1939 and saw service during World War 2.


The mine countermeasures vessel HMS Middleton is the second ship to be named after the Middleton Hunt. 

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Commanding Officer Andy Brown

Rank: Commander

Lieutenant Commander Andy Brown joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Middleton 10 February 2014.

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Launched date 27 April 1983


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