HMS Cattistock

HMS Cattistock (M31)

Cattistock is built from glass-reinforced plastic which makes her somewhat less noticeable to the lurking dangers in the minefield. She  was commissioned into the Navy in June 1982.

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HMS Cattistock is due to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) as part of a three month deployment to the Baltic Sea. 

The purpose of SNMCMG1 is to ensure that all NATO units are continuously worked up and ready for operations in peacetime, periods of crisis and conflicts, as well as to ensure that the partnerships between NATO countries remains strong.

During her deployment HMS Cattistock will take part in a series of multinational exercises and operations alongside their NATO partners, including Force Integration Training and Historical Ordnance Disposal.

The crew of HMS Cattistock returned from a highly successful seven month deployment in the Gulf just six months ago. The short interval between these deployments is characteristic of the impressive operational tempo that is maintained across the Mine Warfare community. 


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Echoes of WW2 as HMS Cattistock clears mines around Oslo

Echoes of WW2 as HMS Cattistock clears mines around Oslo


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HMS Cattistock deploys for NATO duties in the Baltic


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Operation NATO Mine Counter-Measures Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Location Northern europe and the Baltic sea

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Unit History

The First Cattistock1917

The first was a 730-ton minesweeper, launched in 1917, which served in minesweeping flotillas in the Atlantic, the North Sea and in the Baltic.

The Second Cattistock1940

The second Cattistock was a Type 1 Hunt-class destroyer, launched in 1940. During the invasion of Normandy, she screen ships bombarding German invasion barges in Dunkirk harbour.

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Commanding Officer Charles Wheen

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Charles Wheen joined the Royal Navy in 2002, specialising as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer in 2006. He is now in command of HMS Cattistock.

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HMS Cattistock has a nautical range of 1,500 miles

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