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HMS Bangor (M109)

HMS Bangor is one of seven Sandown-class Mine Counter-Measures Vessels (MCMV) in the Royal Navy. With a complement of 39 personnel, including Mine Warfare Specialists and Mine Clearance Divers, it is based at Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland.

HMS Bangor (M109) is currently on deployment

Operation Kipion

Middle East

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HMS Bangor and Crew 8 from the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron are over 3,000 miles into their journey to the Gulf region to join Operation Kipion. Once they reach the Gulf, they will hand over to their counterparts from Crew 6, together maintaining 15 years of continuous Royal Navy Mine Countermeasures presence in the Gulf through ‘four months on, four months off’ watch rotations. 

In the first part of 2021, HMS Bangor conducted an intense period of Operational Sea Training at HMNB Clyde. This five-week training package pushed Crew 8 hard, testing their reactions to shipborne emergencies such as fires and floods as well as preparing them for operations with a focus on mine countermeasures and ‘fighting the ship.’ 

So far on her deployment, HMS Bangor has visited Gibraltar, Sicily, Crete, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Crew 8 have had the chance to meet the famous Macaques on Gibraltar’s eponymous rock, enjoy pizza in Italy and soak up the sunshine in Souda Bay. Nevertheless, out at sea, the hard work has continued with a relentless training programme to prepare the Ship for operations.

Follow the Ship’s journey here on the Royal Navy website or on Twitter @HMSBangor.


Facts & figures

Facts & figures

2,500 nautical miles +

Total range

52.5 metres

Total length 

9.0 metres

Width (beam) at widest point

Our skills

Our skills

The personnel of HMS Bangor are highly trained experts who specialise in mine disposal. Their many skills include:

  • Ordnance detection
  • Ordnance destruction
  • Diving
  • Operation of unmanned vehicles
  • Operation of sonar
  • Route surveying
  • Seabed clearance

Our operations

Current operation

Operation Kipion

Middle East

We have been on patrol in the Gulf since 1980, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to peace and stability.

Our base

Our base

Commanding Officer - MCM1 Crew 4

Lieutenant Commander Chris Chew

HMS Bangor's role

HMS Bangor is one of the Royal Navy’s seven Sandown-Class Mine Counter-Measures Vessels. Its primary responsibility is to seek out, detect and destroy mines, using the SeaFox unmanned underwater vehicle and a team of highly skilled Mine Clearance Divers.

Its play an important role in protecting the security and prosperity of our nation. By keeping global trade routes safe, HMS Bangor helps secure the UK’s access to fuel, energy and consumer goods such as cars and clothing. 


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