HMS Brocklesby

HMS Brocklesby (M33)

Since being part of NATO Operations in 2011, when she became the first Royal Navy MCMV to conduct live operations in response to mining in 10 years, HMS Brocklesby was predominantly based in the UK as a training platform for Crews preparing for deployment to the Gulf.

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She is currently undergoing a massive overhaul, chiefly focused on replacing old Deltic diesels engines, which powered her successfully for 33 years, with much more efficient, modern Caterpillar motors which should significantly cut her fuel bill.

Other systems have been serviced and, where necessary, replaced, a new chilled water plant installed (better able to cope with temperatures in the Gulf) and her decks and hull have been treated, repaired and re-painted – some 9,000 maintenance tasks in all, requiring 190,000 ‘man hours’ (or the equivalent of one person working solidly for more than 21 years).

With sea trials due in the summer, HMS Brocklesby will be ready to deploy in late 2017.

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Current operation Alongside

Currently alongside her home port of HM Naval Base Portsmouth

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Portsmouth

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Unit History

The First Brocklesby1917

The first was an ex-coaster taken up from trade in 1916. Re-categorised as a Merchant Fleet Auxiliary she was used to patrol the East Coast. She was paid off in June 1917.

The Second Brocklesby1940

The second HMS Brocklesby was launched on 30 September 1940. Her armament consisted of four 4inch HA/LA guns, four 2-pounder pom-poms in quadruple mountings and two 20mm Oerlikons.

Raids and Repairs1942

On completion, HMS Brocklesby joined the 15th Destroyer Flotilla under Plymouth Command. Her first duty was to cover convoys until, in 1942 taking part in the raid on St Nazaire.

Repairs and raids1942

In August she took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe. She provided covering fire for one of the 13 groups involved in the raid with the Polish destroyer Slazak, taking several hits.

Repairs and raids1942

On rejoining the Flotilla Brocklesby was soon in action again in Operation Bowery in which the German armed raider Komet was torpedoed and sunk.

Joining the Mediterranean Fleet1943

In the first week of June 1943 she took part in the escort of what is believed to be the largest convoy of the war. 1943 and 1944 Brocklesby took part in several bombardments of enemy positions.

Recall and Reclassification1945

Increased enemy activities with U-boats and E-boats in home waters resulted in the recall of six Hunt-class destroyers for service nearer home. 1945 she was reclassed as a Frigate.

Sailing for the Last Time1963

On 22 June 1963, HMS Brocklesby, the last of the Hunt-class, sailed into Portsmouth for the last time. After 22 years’ service she paid off, de-stored and was placed on the sales list.

The Present Brocklesby1982

The present HMS Brocklesby was launched 12 January 1982. She was accepted into service on 25 October 1982 and commissioned on 3 February 1983 at HMS Vernon. 

Iraq2003

HMS Brocklesby gained her most recent battle honour when she was among the first coalition ships into Umm Qasr during operations in Iraq. Clearing a mined channel into the port.

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Commanding Officer Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Daniel Morris joined the Royal Navy in September 1998, commissioning as a junior Warfare Officer in 2000. He joined MCM 2, Crew 2, as the Commanding Officer in July 2017.

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