HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise

Enterprise is equipped with a wide variety of top of the range survey equipment, including a Konigsberg multibeam echo sounder, a single beam echo sounder and a variety of towed bodies including a magnometer, UOR, and side scan sonars.

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In addition her top of the range survey motor boat, SMB spitfire is capable of operating independently from the ship, supporting a small group of surveyors who can live and work ashore to carry out large-scale or beach surveys.

She is the second Royal Navy ship (after sister HMS Echo) to use azimuth thrusters, where the propellers are part of a swivelling pod, allowing for precise manoeuvring.

One of her other primary roles is as a floating base for a mini countermeasures squadron, embarking a command team and providing stores, fuel and expertise to a fleet of MCMVs from all the nations of NATO.

Enterprise embarked on her first operational deployment to the Mediterranean in late 2004. Since then she has worked in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin through West Africa to the Republic of South Africa and off Iraq.

Enterprise set out in September 2013 for a routine nine-month deployment to update maritime charts of the Middle East. Nothing is certain at sea however and this deployment soon morphed and resulted in 34 months away. In that time she evacuated over 200 entitled persons from Tripoli, and rescued 9,180 people as part of OP LITTEN. The Royal Navy Historical Branch have declared that Enterprise has rescued more lives at sea than any RN ship in history and for this feat Enterprise was awarded the Firmin Sword of Peace for 2016.

HMS Enterprise is currently the flagship for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Maritime Group Two which is under the command of Commander Justin Hains.

Star ship Enterprise completes year-long NATO mission

Star ship Enterprise completes year-long NATO mission


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Current operation NATO Mine Counter-Measures Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working.

  • Maritime Security

    British ships and units are committed to operations in the Mediterranean. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability as well as providing humanitarian assistance as required.

  • Alongside in Devonport

    Alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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.

Location Northern europe and the Baltic sea

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Unit History

The First Enterprise1705

The first was a prize, the French 6th Rate 24-gun L’Enterprise, taken by the 50-gun HMS Triton in May 1705. Mainly patrolling the Med. She was lost with all hands on 12 October 1707 off Thornton.

The Second Enterprise1709

A two-decked 44-gun 5th Rate, launched on 24 April 1709, she took part in the doomed expedition against the French in Canada in 1711.

The Third and Fourth Enterprises1741

The next Enterprise never came to fruition; she was renamed Liverpool in 1741. Three years later the 4th spending much of her active service in the Caribbean was broken up in 1771.

The Fifth and Sixth Enterprises1775

Enterprise number five was captured by the Americans on 14 May 1775 on the Richelieu River. Number six was launched 1774. She served as a convoy escort in the American War of Independence.

The Seventh Enterprise1778

The seventh Enterprise was launched on 10 August 1778. In 1804 she was converted to a floating battery, and in April 1806 she assumed the duties of her predecessor in London.

The Eighth and Ninth Enterprises1824

Number eight was a wooden paddle gunvessel built in 1824 and in service until 1830. Number 9 was launched 5 April 1848 taking part in the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition.

The Tenth and Eleventh Enterprises1862

A 670-ton wooden screw sloop was laid down in May 1861, was renamed and later cancelled in July 1862. At the same time, a vessel, originally theCircassian was renamed Enterprise 1864.

The Twelfth Enterprise1919

The 12th Enterprise was completed March 1926, serving in the East Indies until 1937. She was recommissioned on the outbreak of war as part in the bombardment force at Normandy.

The Penultimate Enterprise1958

Enterprise was launched on 30 September 1958, surveying the shallows, sandbanks and coastline of Eastern England and the English Channel. She became known as the Starship.

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Commanding Officer Philip Harper

Philip Harper

Rank: Commander

Commander Philip Harper took command of HMS Enterprise in November 2016. He is an associate fellow of both the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Nautical Institute.

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