HMS Cattistock

HMS Cattistock (M31)

Cattistock is built from glass-reinforced plastic which makes her somewhat less noticeable to the lurking dangers in the minefield. She  was commissioned into the Navy in June 1982.

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HMS Cattistock is due to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) as part of a three month deployment to the Baltic Sea. 

The purpose of SNMCMG1 is to ensure that all NATO units are continuously worked up and ready for operations in peacetime, periods of crisis and conflicts, as well as to ensure that the partnerships between NATO countries remains strong.

During her deployment HMS Cattistock will take part in a series of multinational exercises and operations alongside their NATO partners, including Force Integration Training and Historical Ordnance Disposal.

The crew of HMS Cattistock returned from a highly successful seven month deployment in the Gulf just six months ago. The short interval between these deployments is characteristic of the impressive operational tempo that is maintained across the Mine Warfare community. 


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Operation Exercise Trident Juncture

Ex Trident Juncture 18 is the largest in a series of deliberately-planned exercises scheduled over several years to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to a threat from any direction. This year’s exercise will take place in Norway with over 40,000 personnel from 30 countries gathering to practise their ability to operate and respond to threats together.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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Unit History

The First Cattistock1917

The first was a 730-ton minesweeper, launched in 1917, which served in minesweeping flotillas in the Atlantic, the North Sea and in the Baltic.

The Second Cattistock1940

The second Cattistock was a Type 1 Hunt-class destroyer, launched in 1940. During the invasion of Normandy, she screen ships bombarding German invasion barges in Dunkirk harbour.

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Commanding Officer Chris Easterbrook

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Chris Easterbrook joined the Royal Navy in 2002, he assumed command of HMS Cattistock November 2018

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HMS Cattistock has a nautical range of 1,500 miles

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