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HMS Ledbury (M30)

HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV). She ensures safe passage for larger ships all over the world. 

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HMS Ledbury is the first of the Hunt-class minehunters, and was commissioned in June 1981.
A smaller ship, HMS Ledbury is home to 47 crew members.
Minehunters have glass-reinforced plastic hulls to help conceal their presence from sea-mines.
HMS Ledbury is now in theatre as part of the UK four-strong MCMV force permanently based in the Middle East.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

47 crew

On board

685 tonnes

Total displacement

1,500+ nautical miles

Total range

Our skills

Our skills

As a minehunter, HMS Ledbury safety detects and destroys dangers under the water. A committed team of 47 use specialist skills and equipment including:


Our operations

Our base

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Our base

Middle East

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander MJ Ellicott

2004: joined BRNCE as a DGE Warfare Officer after graduating from Exeter University. Following Fleet Training, Ellicott was appointed to Ark Royal gaining early exposure to CVS and FW Operations.
2008: appointed to HMS Liverpool deploying across the Atlantic
2011: appointed to FOST(S) as SWO FC, Ellicott conducted OAVs to the BFSAI JOA, FS Charles de Gaulle and Op ELLAMY in addition to sea-riding the full suite of T45
2014: joined HMS Dragon as PWO(A)/OPS – the period included an APT(N)/(S) deployment followed by operations off West Africa
2016: joined HMS Diamond as the AWO, lead Kipion planner and COS to SNMG2.
2019: Selected for Sea Command, Ellicott joined MCM2 Crew 2 (Chiddingfold) July 19 ahead of JW, OST and a KIPION Deployment. Thereafter, Crew 2 embarked in HMS Ledbury for demanding 8-month KIPION Deployment which included the full suite of operational challenges against a backdrop of high regional tensions and a global pandemic

HMS Ledbury's role

HMS Ledbury is the first of the Hunt-class Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV). The Hunt-class live up to their name by using high definition sonar, searching the world's seabeds for mines and lost explosives.

Her highly-skilled crew work together to clear the oceans of hidden dangers, searching for and safely removing mines – modern and historic – so larger ships can enjoy safe passage. They play a vital role in maintaining the freedom of navigation on the high seas and supporting the UK’s international trade. 

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