HMS Quorn

HMS Quorn represents the cutting edge of Mine Countermeasures capability, she utilises her powerful sonar, underwater mine disposal vehicles and embarked mine clearance divers to locate, prosecute and destroy mines.

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Built by Vosper Thorneycroft Shipbuilders Ltd. at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 23 January 1988 by Lady Rosemary Thompson, HMS Quorn was commissioned into the Royal Navy one year later.

With a ship's company of 45 and weighing 685 tonnes, HMS Quorn is part of the Royal Navy’s Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

On the 3rd September 2014, HMS Quorn returned to Portsmouth after three years in the Gulf.

She had been involved in numerous high tempo operations and exercises, building lasting relationships with regional allies and flying the flag for the UK in the region.

HMS Quorn sails to join NATO mission


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Quorn given "a real Ipswich welcome" on first visit in nearly four years


HMS Quorn sails home to Portsmouth after three years in gulf

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Current operation Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Baltic sea

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Unit History

The First Quorn1916

The first was a minesweeper built by Napier & Miller in Glasgow in 1916 who served with the second fleet-sweeping flotilla. She was sold after a short period in Southampton.

The Second Quorn1940

The second Quorn was launched in 1940 and completed in 1940. Joining the 21 Destroyer Flotilla at Harwich . She spent the whole of her commission with this Flotilla on convoy protection.

The Second Quorn1940

In April 1941 she was superficially damaged by two delayed action bombs, which exploded twenty yards from her port quarter. Four months later, Quorn set off a mine forty yards of her port bow. 


In April 1942 Quorn hit another mine which blew a 9' by 15' hole in the port side of the ship. Repairs took 4 months. October 1942 Quorn intercepting a German raider in the English Channel.


In June 1944 Quorn was an escort for personnel convoys during operation Neptune until, on 3rd August, she was hit and sunk. Four officers and 126 ratings were lost.

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Commanding Officer Stuart Yates

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Stuart Yates joined the Royal Navy in 1997. He took Command of HMS Quorn in January 2014.

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Length 60 metres

HMNB Portsmouth

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