Operation Kipion (Mine Counter Measures)

Three of the Royal Navy’s finest minehunters are permanently stationed in the Gulf. Why? To demonstrate our continued commitment to lasting peace in this troubled region, and to safeguard the flow of international trade.

 

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3

Royal Navy mine hunting vessels permanently stationed in the region

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95%

Britain's economic activity depends on the oceans

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39 million tonnes

Oil imported into the UK every year

19

Core personnel

What are we doing?

The Operation Kipion Mine Countermeasures squadron is made up of two Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels (HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Middleton), and one Sandown-class minehunters (HMS Bangor).

Together, these three ships patrol the Persian Gulf, seeking out and, if necessary, destroying unexploded sea mines using highly trained Mine Clearance Divers and the SeaFox unmanned mine disposal system.

The squadron is capable of operating both independently and as part of a multinational force. Their ultimate aim is to ensure that the vital trade routes of the Middle East are kept open for business, thereby maintaining the flow of global maritime trade.