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HMS Walney (M104)
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HMS Walney docked at Liverpool in May 2006
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Walney (M104)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 25 November 1991
Commissioned: 19 August 1992
Decommissioned: 15 October 2010
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class & type: Sandown class minehunter
Displacement: 600 tonnes
Length: 52.5 m
Beam: 10.9 m
Draught: 2.3 m
Propulsion: 2 shafts Voith-Schneider propulsors
diesel-electric drive
Paxman Valenta diesels, 1,500 shp
Speed: 13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric
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 Walney (M104) was a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy. She was the fourth of the Sandown-class minehunters, and the second ship to carry the name, which comes from the island off Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on the north-west coast of England.

Career

She was launched on 25 November 1991 and commissioned on 19 August 1992. On 15 May 2006, HMS Walney and HMS Atherstone discovered a 1000 lb World War II bomb whilst conducting a survey of the River Mersey.[1]

It was announced on December 16, 2009, that Walney would be decommissioned sometime in 2010.[2] She was decommissioned in a ceremony on 15 October 2010 at her homeport, HMNB Clyde. Walney called in at her affiliated town of Barrow-in-Furness on her way to her final port of call, Portsmouth naval base.[3]

Affiliates

  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • The casualty department at Furness General Hospital
  • TS Quantock, Marine Society and Sea Cadet Corps in Ashton-under-Lyne

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