HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury (M30)

HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels, she was commissioned in June 1981 by its Sponsor Lady Elizabeth Berthan.

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HMS Ledbury is currently making her way east to relieve her Hunt-class sister ship HMS Chiddingfold who's spent nearly four years in the Gulf as part of the four-strong RN minehunting force permanently stationed in the Middle East.

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HMS Ledbury visits Gibraltar

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HMS Ledbury (M30) Latest News

Ledbury gears up for Gulf mission with extensive workout in Scotland

Ledbury gears up for Gulf mission with extensive workout in Scotland

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HMS Ledbury change of command

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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.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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

A Delayed Launch1940

The previous HMS Ledbury was ordered two days after the outbreak of World War 2. Her construction was delayed by bomb damage to the yard, she was not launched until 27 September 1941.

Escorting1942

HMS Ledbury was engaged in escorting major warships and fleet auxiliaries between Scapa Flow and Iceland until June 1942, then attached to the ocean escort of the ill-fated convoy PQ17. 

Invasions1943

In June 1943 she proceeded again to the Mediterranean after further service on escort duties between Iceland and the Orkneys. She was also involved in the Salerno invasion in September 1943.

Reserve1946

She was reduced to reserve in March 1946 and was not again commissioned for active service before she was sold for scrap in 1958.

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Commanding Officer James Harkin

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lt Cdr Harkin joined the Royal Navy in 2006. He took command of HMS Ledbury in December 2016

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