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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

Surveying the Ocean


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

5,000 tonnes


88 personnel

On board

89.7 metres


Our operations

Current operation

Operation Sophia


A European Union Naval Force operation to counter arms bound for Libya, in support of the UN arms embargo.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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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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