HMS Atherstone (M38)

Launched in March 1986, HMS Atherstone is one of the Royal Navy’s eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels.

HMS Atherstone (M38) is currently on deployment

Kipion Mine Counter-Measures

Middle East

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

750 tonnes

Total displacement

60 metres

Total length 

17 knots +

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation



Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base.

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Mark Headley

Lt Cdr Mark Headley joined the Royal Navy in 1999, he assumed Command of HMS Atherstone in July 2015.

HMS Atherstone's role

As part of the Hunt-class, HMS Atherstone’s primary role is to carry out mine countermeasures activities: detecting and destroying enemy mines using a combination of advanced sonar and the Seafox autonomous underwater vehicle.  

HMS Atherstone’s is currently in Portsmouth undergoing a period of maintenance, during which she will receive updates to her engines, sensors, propellers and chilled water plants.

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