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  • 12 June 2012
    Training & Education

    Royal Navy mine hunter, HMS Penzance, will make a welcome visit to her spiritual home this weekend, as she sails into Penzance for a four day visit. Not only will the public be able to see HMS Penzance alongside in Penzance harbour all weekend, but the ship will be opening her decks to visitors on […]

  • 30 March 2015
    Authorities

    Members of the Qatari coastguard toured HMS Penzance during the ship’s three-day visit to Doha, Qatar. The crew of the Sandown class mine counter measures vessel welcomed aboard members of the coastguard boat Mahzam. In return, six members of Penzance’s crew visited the Mazham, which is predominantly used for diving and boarding operations. The UK […]

  • 25 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    A 1000lb bomb has been located and destroyed by Royal Navy minehunter HMS Penzance in the Persian Gulf. Following a five-day exercise with her French and US counterparts designed to improve cooperation between the three nations, the British minehunter then worked with the French to find and blow up four pieces of historic ordnance scattered […]

  • 13 March 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Navy minehunter HMS Penzance has completed a 10-month overhaul at Babcock’s Rosyth site in Fife, the defense contractor has announced. The refit included the replacement of both main engines, multiple glass reinforced plastic (GRP) repairs and addition and alteration packages. A team of over 50 Babcock employees was supported by specialist sub-contractors in their […]

  • 10 June 2013
    Industry news

    Sandown class mine hunter HMS Penzance has left Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard with enhanced operational capability, sustainability and habitability standards, following a successful six month Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)) by Babcock. The support period was completed under the Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA) Class Output Management (COM) Phase 2 arrangements, and the work package was defined […]

  • 6 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Royal UK Navy mine hunter HMS Penzance has had to dock in Falmouth for three days instead of in Cornish, because of bad weather forecasts.   As BBC reports, this means that the ship will not be open to the public, but planned tours for local schools and sea cadets from Penzance would still […]

  • 27 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Lord Mayor of London paid a visit to HMS Penzance recently whilst the ship was alongside in Bahrain. Alderman the Lord Mountevans was accompanied by His Excellency Simon Martin CMG, the British Ambassador to Bahrain, on a tour of the Sandown Class minehunter. The crew took the opportunity to talk about the Faslane-based ship […]

  • 12 September 2013
    Training & Education

    Minehunter HMS Penzance has left Scotland to begin her stint with a NATO force patrolling the Mediterranean. Just three months after leaving refit on the Forth, the Faslane-based vessel is joining Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2, taking over from HMS Ledbury. Just three months after emerging from a major overhaul, minehunter HMS Penzance has left […]

  • 17 October 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Penzance has taken part in a two-week exercise off the Sardinian coast as part of her ongoing NATO work in the region. Known as exercise Brilliant Mariner 13 the exercise involved warships from seven different NATO nations and ranged in size from the giant Italian aircraft carrier Cavour with the embarked Task Force Commander […]

  • 11 August 2014
    Authorities

    HMS Penzance has completed a seven week transit, arriving in her new base port of Bahrain, a journey which covered 6,850 nautical miles in the Monsoon season.   She arrived in Bahrain and was met by Captain Philip Warwick, the Deputy United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC). After a 47 day journey the 40-strong ship’s […]

  • 26 June 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Penzance is in the throes of demanding training after completing a six-month revamp in Rosyth. The Faslane-based warship is now Britain’s most up-to-date minehunter following the refit, which prepared her for impending duties with a NATO task group. After six months in refit – four of those out of the water – HMS Penzance […]

  • 19 December 2012
    Industry news

    HMS Penzance has arrived in Rosyth – the latest of the Sandown-class flotilla of minehunters to receive a multi-million-pound overhaul. The ship follows her recently-revamped sister Grimsby into the ship shed on the Forth, where she’ll spend five months receiving upgrades, improvements and a general overhaul. HMS Penzance has arrived in Rosyth as the minehunter […]

  • 26 June 2013
    Industry news

    Following the recent departure of HMS Penzance from Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard after a successful upkeep period, Babcock has now started work on Sandown class mine hunter HMS Pembroke, in dock at Rosyth for a similar six month Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)) under the Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA)’s Class Output Management (COM) Phase 2 arrangements. […]

  • 14 June 2016
    Authorities

    Royal Navy support vessel RFA Lyme Bay has begun her mission as the afloat forward support base to allied minehunters in the Gulf with a two-week Anglo-American workout. The Falmouth-based vessel arrived in the Middle East to take over from her sister ship Cardigan Bay, which spent three years providing fuel, food, spare parts and […]

  • 10 August 2017
    Authorities

    Two Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessels arrived in Oman recently to relieve two of their counterparts who spent the last three years forward-deployed to Bahrain. Returning home to the UK are HMS Penzance (bound for Faslane) and HMS Chiddingfold (Portsmouth) after completing their three-year stints in the Gulf. Assuming their places in Bahrain are Sandown-class minehunter […]

  • 7 December 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A combined US/UK task group recently finished a Mine Countermeasure (MCM) exercise in the Persian Gulf.  The scenario for the exercise was to clear ports of mines thereby allowing civilian vessels to pass through. The task group was commanded by Commander Paul Ottewell, Royal Navy, and made up of US Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) USS […]

  • 21 October 2013
    Training & Education

    Not every warship’s company can claim to have squeezed through one of the world’s narrowest waterways – but a Royal Navy mine hunter now has bragging rights. On the latest stage of her Mediterranean deployment with a NATO minehunting force, the Faslane-based warship, HMS Penzance, took the short cut between the Gulf of Corinth and […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities

    HMS Chiddingfold sailed from Portsmouth 9 June for the Gulf where she will spend three years protecting vital sea lanes.   Although the 42 crew on board the minehunter will rotate every six months, the ship will be based in Bahrain until 2017. Chiddingfold will work with three other UK minehunters conducting maritime security patrols […]

  • 27 April 2016
    Training & Education

    Mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) is scheduled to return to homeport after participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) April 4-26. IMCMEX featured international naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30 nations and spanning six continents. Participants trained together across the Middle East, focused on maritime security from the port […]

  • 12 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    A small team of Australian mine warfare specialists recently deployed under Operation MANITOU as part of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX 14). The focus of the exercise involved countering sea mines and developing international partnerships. Commander Max Muller, the Commander Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group, led Australia’s commitment during the exercise. […]

  • 21 October 2013
    Training & Education

    The most hallowed day in the Royal Navy’s calendar – Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar – will be marked on Monday 21 October, the battle’s 208th anniversary. Taking place onboard HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, between 8am and 10am the commemorative event will be attended by senior Royal Navy personnel. October 21 is the anniversary of the […]

  • 4 September 2017
    Training & Education

    Families and friends of sailors who have been on operations in the Gulf for eight months welcomed back their loved ones as they returned to Portsmouth Naval Base. Royal Navy minehunter HMS Chiddingfold returned to her home port on September 1st, following three years in the Gulf. Her 47-strong ship’s company – MCM2 Crew 1 […]

  • 21 January 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The crew of HMS Penzance have tested navies safeguarding the Persian Gulf in an all-action exercise to attack one of Iraq’s crucial oil platforms. The minehunter joined American and Iraqi warships, and an Apache gunship, trying to wreak havoc at the northern tip of the Gulf by launching a mock attack on shipping around the […]

  • 9 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Minehunters from the U.S. and Royal Navy conducted the quarterly mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise Squadex-16 in the Arabian Gulf, July 30 through August 5. Participating naval vessels included U.S. Navy mine countermeasures ships USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and USS Sentry (MCM 3), U.K. landing ship dock RFA Lyme Bay (L3007) and U.K Royal Navy Sandown-class […]

  • 20 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Minehunters from the US and UK kicked off the mine countermeasures exercise 17-1 in the Persian Gulf with a photographic exercise formation on October 19. The bilateral exercise encompassed the full spectrum of mine countermeasures (MCM) from mine detection and identification to mine clearance with the aim of securing operational readiness of U.S. and U.K. MCM forces. […]

  • 22 December 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    Royal Navy’s Sandown-class minehunter HMS Shoreham has undergone an extensive refurbishment and maintenance programme carried out by Babcock in Rosyth. The shipbuilder improved the vessel’s operational capability and carried out restoration work on the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) hull. This work has been undertaken as part of Babcock’s contract with the Royal Navy to deliver the maintenance and […]

  • 1 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine-Countermeasures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) met on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, for a joint training opportunity at sea near Crete, Greece. Both Groups have been operating in the Mediterranean in support of the counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (OAE), demonstrating NATO’s resolve to help deter, defend, disrupt and […]

  • 22 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The navies of U.K. and U.S. concluded their joint mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise 17-1 in the Persian Gulf, on November 17. The 38-day, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal navy was designed to provide an opportunity for both nations to share knowledge of MCM techniques. U.S. Navy exercise participants included USS Devastator […]

  • 22 May 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Commander Sarah West, aged 40, joins Type 23 frigate HMS Portland in Rosyth today, becoming the first woman in the Royal Navy’s history to be selected to command a major warship. Another milestone was recently achieved as Commander Sue Moore, 43, became the first woman to command a squadron of minor war vessels; the 1st […]