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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Middleton is the second of the Hunts to be fitted with the new and improved Caterpillar engines, offering greater endurance, reliability - and Middleton claiming the title of fastest MCMV in the Fleet.

The ship has been put through her paces with initial sea training, checking out the new machinery fit and sharpening the crew ready to return to their operational role. 

The small ship has celebrated her 30th birthday at the start of July; she is now in the midst of a new lease of life - as they say, life begins at 30!

New lease of life for HMS Middleton


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

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

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 Training

The ship and her company are being put through their paces in preparation for returning to the front line.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

Location UK

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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: Lieutenant 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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