HMS Gleaner (H86)

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HMS Gleaner in the Solent
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Gleaner
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: VT Halmatic, Porchester
Sponsored by: Mrs. M. Read
Commissioned: 5 December 1983
Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
Motto: Fruges consumere nati
Latin: "Born to reap its reward"
Status: in active service, as of 2024
Badge: HMSML Gleaner crest.jpg
General characteristics
Tonnage: 28 tons
Length: 15.62 m
Beam: 4.55 m
Draught: 1.8 m
Propulsion: 2 × Volvo Penta TAMD 122 P-A diesel engines
Speed: 19.6 knots
Complement: 8

HMSML Gleaner (H86) is the smallest commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy with a ship's company of 8 (2 officers and 6 ratings). She is based in Devonport, Plymouth. The ship prefix HMSML stands for Her Majesty's Survey Motor Launch.

She is the sixth ship to bear the name Gleaner and was commissioned on 5 December 1983. Designed to conduct inshore surveys along the south coast of England she has since surveyed all around the coastline of Great Britain and visited various ports in Europe, also being the only Royal Navy ship to have visited Switzerland.[1]

Gleaner is an advanced survey vessel, which uses multibeam and sidescan sonar to collect bathymetry and seabed texture data and compile an accurate and detailed picture of the seabed for later analysis.

Gleaner will be one of the Star attractions at the 2010 Portsmouth Navy Days.

Survey equipment
  • TSS POSMv positioning system
  • Kongsberg EM3002 Multibeam Echo Sounder
  • Kongsberg EA400 Singlebeam Echo Sounder

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