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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MCM 2 Crew 2 took charge of HMS Middleton at the beginning of 2015 and are now firmly at home in their new ship.

She will set sail on Monday (November 9) for a three-year deployment to the Gulf where she will protect vital sea lanes and provide wider maritime security to the region.

Although Middleton will be based in Bahrain for three years, the 45 ships company will rotate every six months.

Middleton’s crew will work alongside the UK and international navies conducting maritime security patrols and exercises to ensure the safe flow of trade and oil in the area.

Four of the Navy's minehunters are a permanent presence in the Gulf demonstrating the UK’s continued commitment to enduring peace and stability in the region. 


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Current operation Kipion MCMV

In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf.

The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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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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Launched date 27 April 1983

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