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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

UK Waters

United Kingdom

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HMS Bangor and MCM1 Crew 8 spent the latter part of 2020 regenerating from a refit period, which included numerous sea trials around the coast of Scotland testing all of our machinery and crew to make sure we are ready to deal anything and begin to prepare for operations.

2021 has seen the intensity ramp up for Bangor and her crew culminating so far in conducting Operational Sea Training at HMNB Clyde, her homeport. This intense 5 week training package aims to fully prepare Bangor to deal with any eventuality ranging from Fires, Floods, Chemical attacks, rescuing other ships all the way up to Action Stations testing the ships company’s ability to ‘fight the ship’.

The training period culminates in a Mine Warfare phase which tests the core role of the ship which is to Find and destroy Sea Mines. Once complete Bangor will continue to prepare in order to be ready to deploy to the Gulf region later this year.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

2,500 nautical miles +

Total range

52.5 metres

Total length 

3.4 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

UK Waters

United Kingdom

The ship is currently in UK waters.

Our base

Our base

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Rob Couzens

Rob joined the Navy as a Warfare Officer in 2006 after graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Geography and History. His Fleet Time was then spent on HMS Illustrious, HMS Ark Royal and HMS Walney mainly operating around the coast of the UK.


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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