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HMS Bangor

Minehunter HMS Bangor is one of seven Sandown-class mine countermeasures ships based in Scotland.

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During early 2014 HMS Bangor underwent a major refit period in Rosyth, which included the installation of 3 new, ‘first of Class’ Diesel Generators.  She returned to sea in June 2014 with a new crew, MCM1 Crew 8, who will stay with the Ship until December 2015.  Bangor returned to her base port of Faslane in July after over 6 months away and after successful completing sea and safety trials.

The stay in Faslane was short-lived, as Bangor deployed up the River Clyde for a 19-day visit to Glasgow for the period of the Commonwealth Games. The visit saw almost 19,000 people visit and tour the Ship.

Bangor returned to operational tasking in UK waters, her core Mine Countermeasures capabilities were honed whilst conducting detailed survey work using her variable depth sonar and whilst facilitating Mine Warfare training for Officers and Ratings under training in HMS Collingwood.

A busy year ended with a period of maintenance alongside Faslane and preparations for a busy and challenging 2015.


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Current operation Alongside - Clyde

Currently alongside in her home port of Clyde Naval Base

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Unit History

The First Bangor1940

The first HMS Bangor was launched on 23 May 1940, commissioned on 19 October 1940 and allocated to the 9th Minesweeping Flotilla, Orkney and Shetland Command.

Bombings1941

On 12 February 1941, she was bombed whilst in the Moray Firth. No damage was done but her wireless telegraph was out of action and she retired to Aberdeen for repairs.

Battle Honours1942

In August 1942 HMS Bangor was involved in Operation Jubilee – the raid on Dieppe. The minesweepers opened proceedings for the raid by sweeping a broad swathe of the channel. 

Battle Honours1944

As part of Task Force 129, the Naval component of the D-Day landings, HMS Bangor provided fire support against German positions in Cherbourg. 

Royal Norwegian Navy1945

In May 1945, Bangor was involved in minesweeping operations to Norway, and in June was one of five minesweepers loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy. She was transferred on 11 November 1945.

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Commanding Officer Michael Carter quinn

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Michael Quinn joined the Royal Navy in 2000, he assumed command of MCM1 HMS Bangor Crew in March 2014.

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