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HMS Echo (H87)

HMS Echo is one of two Echo-class vessels tasked with carrying out a wide range of survey missions across the world, including supporting submarine and amphibious operations. 

HMS Echo (H87) is currently on deployment

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

5,000 tonnes


88 personnel

On board

89.7 metres


Our base

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Adam Coles

Career Highlights:
- Joined BRNC as a SLt in May 2001
- First Fleet experience in HMS Somerset and HMS Dumbarton Castle before undertaking Junior Warfare Officer training
- Appointed Officer of the Watch on HMS Argyll in 2003
- Specialist in military Hydrographic Surveying, Meteorology and Oceanography
- 2005 completed an initial period as an Aviation Forecaster at RNAS Yeovilton before returning to sea as the Navigating Officer of HMS Echo in 2007. Adam navigated ECHO from the UK to the Far East and enjoyed 12 months undertaking Military Data Gathering (MDG) in the South China Sea.
- In an exchange appointment with the Royal New Zealand Navy, Adam embarked in both HMNZS Resolution and HMNZS Canterbury to conduct commercial and military hydrographic surveys across New Zealand and the South Pacific.
- Gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Hydrography from the University of Plymouth in 2011
- Appointed to HMS Scott in early 2012 as the Operations Officer
- Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in October 2013
- Adam is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) and was promoted to Commander in June 2019

HMS Echo's role

HMS Echo plays a vital role in a wide variety of operations, providing the vital oceanographic, hydrographic and bathymetric data needed to make each one a success. She has her own motorboat – Sapphire – which can operate independently, allowing small teams to work ashore, often in support of Royal Marines Commandos. 

Designed specifically to have precise manoeuvrability, HMS Echo can work in the most challenging conditions and in any environment.

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