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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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.

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

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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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Commanding Officer Peter Ware

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Peter Ware joined the Royal Navy in 2003, he assumed command of HMS Blyth November 2016.

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