HMS Middleton (M34)

HMS Middleton uses high-powered sonar, remote underwater vehicles and a crew of divers to deal with sea-bed threats. Her role in providing safety at sea is vital to protecting the UK economy and clearing the way for military operations. 

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1,500+ nautical miles

Total range

45 personnel

On board

685 tonnes

Total displacement

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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 Middleton's role

HMS Middleton’s primary role is to protect vital sea lanes and ensure access to sea bases. It’s a job of considerable importance, safeguarding the global security of energy supplies and contributing to wider safety at sea. There are always four of the Royal Navy’s Mine Counter Measures Vessels operating in the Persian Gulf at any one time, which means HMS Middleton plays a key role in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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RT @HMSBangor: Back in business… 🇬🇧⚓️ Crew 8 left Souda Bay, Crete today to begin the next leg of our journey to join #OpKIPION. 🎱🔥 @HMSMi