Minehunter HMS Blyth (M 111)

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Classification

Type:
type: Minehunter

Basic information

Country of build:
Builder:
builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company
Operator:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:
IMO number:
4906800
MMSI:
234572000

Ship measurements

Displacement:
600 t
Length:
52.5 m
Beam (overall):
10.9 m
Draught:
2.3 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • Paxman Valenta 6RP200E diesels 1523 shp
  • diesel-electric drive
  • Voith Schneider Propellers
  • Schottel bow thrusters
Speed:
13 knots

Crew

Complement:
34

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Radar Type 1007 I-Band
  • Sonar Type 2093
  • Seafox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges
Armament:
  • 1 * 30mm DS30M Mk2 gun
  • 2 * Miniguns
  • 3 * General purpose machine guns

HMS Blyth is a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy. She is the second vessel to bear the name. The first being a Bangor-class minesweeper of the Second World War, pennant number J15.

Along with her sister ship, Ramsey, she was deployed to the Middle East on Operation Aintree in 2007 and 2008 to test the class capabilities in the hot climate and maintain force operational capability in the region. Crews from other Sandown-class vessels were rotated through the two ships.

HMS Blyth is now permanently based at HMS Jufair as part of 4 Minehunters of 9th Mine Countermeasures Squadron supported by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay Class on Operation Kipion.

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