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 44 and weighing 685 tonnes, HMS Quorn is part of the Royal Navy’s Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

The Hunt class minehunter has been a part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1); a taskforce of seven NATO ships assigned to the region to conduct training exercises and clear historic minefields to keep the sea lanes safe for shipping.

The ship officially joined the NATO group in the Clyde estuary, following the group’s participation in Exercise Joint Warrior, from where they departed for the Baltic Sea.

While deployed the ship conducted periods of navigation and seamanship training in the southern Baltic, engaged in live mine disposal in the approaches to Estonia and took part in one of the largest military exercises in the world - BALTOPS 15.

On July 2nd 2015 she returned to Portsmouth.

HMS Quorn returns to Portsmouth after busy NATO deployment


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Current operation Alongside

Currently alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Portsmouth

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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 John Cromie

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander John Cromie joined the Royal Navy in 1999, he assumed command of HMS Quorn in September 2015.

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Length 60 metres

HMNB Portsmouth

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