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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UK flagship HMS Albion arrives in Oman

UK flagship HMS Albion arrives in Oman to lead biggest exercise in 15 years

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 Saif Sareea 3

Saif Sareea is one of the largest international military exercises in the world. More than 4,000 British sailors, soldiers and air crews will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert of Oman alongside colleagues from the host nation. It is intended to reinforce the long-standing and close military relationship between Britain and Oman, strengthening our ability to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.

Location Oman

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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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