Shoreham

HMS Shoreham

HMS Shoreham was launched by Lady Perowne on 9 April 2001 and was formally accepted into service on 28 November 2001. She is the fifth vessel to carry the name.

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HMS Shoreham is one of four British Royal Navy minehunters currently based in the Gulf. Her role, and that of sister ship HMS Ramsey and Hunts HMS Atherstone and Quorn, is to safeguard the waters of the Gulf. 

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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.

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 Shoreham1694

Four Royal Naval ships have previously borne the name Shoreham, from a 32-gun 'one and a half' decked ship built in 1694.

The Fourth Shoreham1929

The fourth HMS Shoreham was launched in November 1930 and completed a year later. She was initially armed with twin 4” guns, by the end of WW2 she could also boast anti-aircraft armament.

War1932

From 1932 to 1939 HMS Shoreham served in the Gulf, but on the outbreak of war her area of operation extended to the Red Sea. Serving as an anti-aircraft ship and an anti-submarine escort.

Battle Honours1943

Sicily and the Mediterranean

Operation Husky1943

In February 1943, she went to Alexandria and the Levant before joining the forces assembled for Operation Husky. She returned to the Indian Ocean in September 1943 until VJ Day.

Battle Honours1944

Burma, 1944-1945

Battle Honours1945

World War 2

Ordered Home1946

After a refit she returned to her pre-war role in the Gulf, but was ordered home in July 1946 to pay off for her disposal. She was sold in November that year and broken up in 1950.

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Commanding Officer Simon Kelly

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lt Cdr Simon Kelly joined the Royal Navy in 1998 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Shoreham in June 2014.

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HMS Shoreham is as long as Nelson's Column is tall

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