HMS Penzance (M106)

HMS Penzance is a Sandown Class minehunter whose role is to neutralise underwater threats and clear the sea-lanes for shipping. 

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HMS Penzance arrived in Bahrain at the end of July 2014 after a 7,900-mile journey from Scotland.

Since then she has been busy taking part in training, from the world’s biggest mine warfare exercises, to joint work-outs with coalition and local navies operating in the Gulf and surveying routes around the region.

The Royal Navy keeps four minehunters in Bahrain, Sandown-class ships to deal with mines in deeper waters (currently Penzance and Shoreham) and Hunt-class for shallower seas (HMS Atherstone and Chiddingfold), to keep the sea lanes clear.

On the 1st September 2017, HMS Penzance returned to her home in Scotland.

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Current operation Alongside - Clyde

Currently alongside in her home port of Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland

Location Faslane

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Unit History

The First Two Penzances1665

The first two ships to bear the name Penzance were small frigates commissioned in 1665 and 1747 respectively.

The Third Penzance1930

The third was a Bridgewater-class sloop launched from Devonport in 1930.


Employed on convoy duties the ship left Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 15 August 1940 as the sole escort to another convoy of ships bound for Great Britain.


She was later intercepted by a U37, torpedoed, and subsequently sunk resulting in the loss of her Captain and 89 of her crew.

The Current Penzance1997

Launched by Princess Michael of Kent on 11 March 1997, the current HMS Penzance was commissioned on 14 May 1998 and is the fourth to bear the name.

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Commanding officer JIm Lovell

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Jim Lovell joined the Royal Nvay in 2001, he assumed command of HMS Pembroke December 2015.

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