HMS Blyth (M111)

Stationed at Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland, HMS Blyth is one of the Royal Navy’s seven Sandown-class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMV).

HMS Blyth (M111) is currently on deployment

Kipion Mine Counter-Measures

middle east

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HMS Blyth is the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name. The previous Blyth was a Bangor-class minesweeper that was launched in 1940 and served in the Second World War.

The ship is crewed by 41 personnel, including ten mine warfare ratings and eight divers, along with officers, engineers and chefs. She has had 24 Commanding Officers over her 18 years of service.

Despite being a minesweeping vessel, HMS Blyth still packs a punch. She is fitted with a 30mm machine gun, two general purpose machine guns, three Mk44 miniguns and two .50 calibre heavy machine guns.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

76,500 miles

Distance travelled since commissioning 

 
52.5 metres

Total length 

485 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

The personnel of HMS Blyth are highly trained. Their skills are mainly based around the seeking out and destruction of enemy mines. They include:

  • Ordnance detection
  • Ordnance destruction
  • Diving
  • Operation of unmanned vehicles
  • Operation of sonar
  • Route surveying
  • Seabed clearance

Our operations

Current operation

Kipion Mine Counter-Measures

middle east

Hunting mines to ensure the safe flow of trade and oil, demonstrating our commitment to peace and stability.

Our base

Our base

Middle East

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HMS Blyth's role

HMS Blyth’s job is to seek out, detect and destroy enemy mines. Mines are disposed of using the SeaFox unmanned underwater vehicle, or by highly trained Mine Clearance Divers.

Along with its fellow Sandown-class minehunters, HMS Blyth could be protecting trade routes in the Northern Gulf, taking part in NATO exercises alongside other nations, or patrolling the British coastline in search of unexploded ordnance from past conflicts.

By keeping international waters safe, HMS Blyth helps protect the UK’s economy and way of life.

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