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. 

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

1,500+ nautical miles

Total range

45 personnel

On board

685 tonnes

Total displacement

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Paul Irving

Paul Irving read Physics at Oxford University before joining the Royal Navy in September 2003.

Completing a wide variety of maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter narcotics operations, Paul also undertook a short period of support to operations in the Mediterranean which included providing Naval Gunfire Support to protect civilians.


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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