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HMS Shoreham (M112)
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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Shoreham
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 9 April 2001
Commissioned: 28 November 2001
Identification: Pennant number: M112
General characteristics
Class & type: Sandown-class minehunter
Displacement: 600 t (590 long tons)[1]
Length: 52.5 m (172 ft 3 in)
Beam: 10.9 m (35 ft 9 in)
Draught: 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Propulsion:
  • Diesel-electric drive
  • Paxman Valenta 6RP200E diesels
  • 1,523 shp (1,136 kW)
  • Voith Schneider Propellers, Schottel bow thrusters
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Range: 2,500 nm at 12 knots
Complement: 34 (7 officers, 27 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 1007 navigation radar
Type 2093 variable-depth mine hunting sonar
Armament: 1 × Oerlikon 30 mm KCB gun on DS-30B mount
2 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG machine guns
Wallop Defence Systems Barricade Mk. III countermeasure launchers
Irvin Aerospace Replica Decoy launchers
Notes: Mine counter measures equipment:
SeaFox Mine Disposal System
Clearance divers

HMS Shoreham is a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy. She is the fifth vessel to bear the name. From 2018 to 2021, Shoreham was deployed at HMS Jufair together with three other mine countermeasures ships as part of 9 Mine Countermeasures Squadron[2] on Operation Kipion.

Operational history

2001–2010

Shoreham was accepted into service on 28 November 2001 and commissioned in a ceremony in her namesake port on 20 July 2002.

2011–present

In 2012, Shoreham deployed to the Persian Gulf to join the 9th Mine Countermeasures squadron based in Bahrain. She returned to Faslane on 28 August 2015 after three years away.[3]

Shoreham entered refit in Rosyth in 2016 for repair work to her hull. Other work carried out included installing a new galley, fitting a new fire detection system and improving the high-pressure air system. She was handed back to the Royal Navy in January 2017.[4]

In spring 2017, Shoreham deployed with NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), operating around Northern Europe. During the course of this deployment Shoreham, the last of the Sandown class to be built, took part in naval exercises with the former HMS Sandown, now operated by the Estonian Navy as Admiral Cowan.[5]

From 2018 to 2021, Shoreham served with 9 Mine Countermeasures Squadron operating from HMS Jufair in the Persian Gulf. In August 2021, Shoreham returned to the U.K having been relieved by her sister ship HMS Bangor.[6]

In May 2022, Shoreham embarked on a final short tour of the UK ahead of her planned decomissioning.[7]

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