Reborn Identity for Mine Countermeasure Squadron

The Royal Navy Mine Countermeasure (MCM) units in Bahrain have had their purpose, effort and pride reborn, over 40 years after the original squadron in Bahrain was disbanded, with the recent unveiling of a new funnel badge on the currently deployed United Kingdom MCM Force (UKMCMFOR) which is also based in Bahrain.

The RN’s senior officer in the Middle East, Commodore Simon Ancona, joined members of the Mine Countermeasures Ships’ Companies and the Mine Warfare Battle Staff to reveal the new emblem, which will be borne by every Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel attached to UKMCMFOR in the region.

The UK has maintained a continuous MCM presence in the Gulf since the arrival of HM Ships Ramsey and Blyth in Bahrain in 2006. 

Since then, the force has expanded to four MCM Vessels, a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship, a Lynx helicopter flight, a repair and logistics organisation and a permanently-deployed Mine Warfare Battle Staff.

This badge provides a unity of purpose, effort and pride.

Commodore Simon Ancona RN

Leading Seaman Gary McAllister and Petty Officer Samantha 'Sam' Dixon were both present when the MCMVs first deployed to the Middle East, currently serving on HMS Ramsey, they are now on their fourth deployment to Bahrain.

PO Dixon said, “Since 2006, the organisation has grown, and is now very well supported. I really like the badge, as it gives us all a single identity.”

Commander Neil Marriott, Commander of the UK’s Mine Warfare Battle Staff, said, “The funnel badge provides distinctiveness, a collective team identity and a single banner to sail under. It illustrates a unified force with a common purpose and an enduring commitment to the Gulf region.”

During the unveiling of the new funnel badge Cdre Ancona said, “This badge provides a unity of purpose, effort and pride. It underscores the dedication, commitment and drive of the squadron as they go about their duties, maintaining freedom of navigation and maritime security in this very challenging environment.”