HMS Blyth (M111)

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HMS Blyth (M111)
HMS Blyth in the Persian Gulf, 2008
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Blyth (M111)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 4 July 2000
Commissioned: 28 February 2001
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Class and type: Sandown class minehunter
Displacement: 484 tons full
Length: 52.5 m
Beam: 10.9 m
Draught: 2.3 m
Propulsion: 2 shafts Voith-Schneider propulsors
diesel-electric drive
Paxman Valenta diesels, 1,500 shp
Speed: 13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric
Complement: 34 (5 officers, 27 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 1007 navigation radar
Type 2093 variable-depth mine hunting sonar
Armament: 1 × Oerlikon 30 mm KCB gun on DS-30B mount
2 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG machine guns
Wallop Defence Systems Barricade Mk. III countermeasure launchers
Irvin Aerospace Replica Decoy launchers
Notes: Mine counter measures equipment:
2 × ECA PAP 104 Mk.5 remotely controlled submarines (ROV)
ECA mine disposal system
Clearance divers

HMS Blyth (M111) 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 HMS Ramsey, she has been 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 are rotated through the 2 ships.

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