HMS Blyth

HMS Blyth (M111)

HMS Blyth is one of seven Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) based at Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland.

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At readiness in UK waters in order to safeguard the key ports and waterways essential for operation of the Continuous At Sea Nuclear Deterrent and the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Program.


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Anglo-American mine warfare ‘jigsaw’ ensures Allies are ready in Gulf

Anglo-American mine warfare ‘jigsaw’ ensures Allies are ready in Gulf


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Current operation Kipion MCMV

In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf.

The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

The First Blyth1940

The first HMS Blyth, a Bangor-class minesweeper was launched in 1940, but not completed until June 1941 when she joined the 13th Mine Sweeping Flotilla (MSF) under Plymouth Command.

Battle Honours1942

Dieppe and the North Sea, assisting in minesweeping ahead of the assault group bound for the abortive Dieppe raid. She completed this task admirably without coming under attack.

Battle Honours1943

English Channel. Vibration defect rendered her unsuitable for sweeping, so she was consigned to patrol and guard duties in the English Channel.

Battle Honours1944

D-Day, Normandy, June 5-6th 1944. As a part of the 16th Minesweeping Flotilla, she was responsible for sweeping the approach to Utah beach in preparation for the D-Day landings.

End of the War1946

After the war, she was placed in reserve, before being sold on in 1946 and renamed Radbourne. A brief career as a ferry was brought to an end in November 1952 when she was broken up.

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