HMS Brocklesby

HMS Brocklesby (M33)

Since being part of NATO Operations in 2011, when she became the first Royal Navy MCMV to conduct live operations in response to mining in 10 years, HMS Brocklesby was predominantly based in the UK as a training platform for Crews preparing for deployment to the Gulf.

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She left her homeport of Portsmouth on the 19th June 2018 to embark on the 6,000-mile journey to Bahrain, to take over from her sister ship HMS Middleton.

The Hunt-class minehunter is part of a four-strong permanent minehunter presence in the Gulf, working alongside coalition partners to provide reassurance to the region as well as route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations.

HMS Brocklesby will spend two years based in Bahrain with the crew rotating every six or seven months.

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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

The First Brocklesby1917

The first was an ex-coaster taken up from trade in 1916. Re-categorised as a Merchant Fleet Auxiliary she was used to patrol the East Coast. She was paid off in June 1917.

The Second Brocklesby1940

The second HMS Brocklesby was launched on 30 September 1940. Her armament consisted of four 4inch HA/LA guns, four 2-pounder pom-poms in quadruple mountings and two 20mm Oerlikons.

Raids and Repairs1942

On completion, HMS Brocklesby joined the 15th Destroyer Flotilla under Plymouth Command. Her first duty was to cover convoys until, in 1942 taking part in the raid on St Nazaire.

Repairs and raids1942

In August she took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe. She provided covering fire for one of the 13 groups involved in the raid with the Polish destroyer Slazak, taking several hits.

Repairs and raids1942

On rejoining the Flotilla Brocklesby was soon in action again in Operation Bowery in which the German armed raider Komet was torpedoed and sunk.

Joining the Mediterranean Fleet1943

In the first week of June 1943 she took part in the escort of what is believed to be the largest convoy of the war. 1943 and 1944 Brocklesby took part in several bombardments of enemy positions.

Recall and Reclassification1945

Increased enemy activities with U-boats and E-boats in home waters resulted in the recall of six Hunt-class destroyers for service nearer home. 1945 she was reclassed as a Frigate.

Sailing for the Last Time1963

On 22 June 1963, HMS Brocklesby, the last of the Hunt-class, sailed into Portsmouth for the last time. After 22 years’ service she paid off, de-stored and was placed on the sales list.

The Present Brocklesby1982

The present HMS Brocklesby was launched 12 January 1982. She was accepted into service on 25 October 1982 and commissioned on 3 February 1983 at HMS Vernon. 


HMS Brocklesby gained her most recent battle honour when she was among the first coalition ships into Umm Qasr during operations in Iraq. Clearing a mined channel into the port.

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Commanding Officer Paul Irving

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander joined the Royal Navy in 2003, he assumed command of HMS Brocklesby in November 2017.

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