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

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Facts & figures

750 tonnes

Total displacement

60 metres

Total length 

17 knots +

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Alongside in Portsmouth


Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base.

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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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