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.

HMS Quorn is currently one of four Royal Navy minehunters deployed to the Gulf and is crewed by MCM2 Crew 3.


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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.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

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 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.

Location Red Sea and Persian Gulf

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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


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