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Subject: HMS Chiddingfold (M37), HMS Atherstone (M38), HMS Middleton (M34), HMS Hurworth (M39), HMS Cattistock (M31)
Collection: 1979 Ships, Hunt-Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels
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HMS Ledbury (M30)

HMS Ledbury in Portsmouth 2007
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Ledbury
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 31 March 1977[1]
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: December 1979
Sponsored by: Lady Elizabeth Berthan[2]
Commissioned: 11 June 1981
Homeport: Portsmouth
Identification: Pennant number: M30
Honours and
  • Malta (1942)
  • Arctic (1942-3)
  • Sicily (1943)
  • Salerno (1943)
  • Adriatic (1944)
  • Aegean (1944)
  • Kuwait (1991)
  • Al Faw (2003)
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement: 750 t (740 long tons; 830 short tons)[3]
Length: 60 m (196 ft 10 in)
Beam: 9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)
Draught: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540 shp1
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar Type 21931
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Ledbury, the third ship of the name, is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the Royal Navy. She was launched on December 1979 and commissioned on 11 June 1981, the second ship of her class. She cost £65 million at time of building, which was at the time the most expensive cost-per-metre for any class of ship built by the Royal Navy.[2] Most of this cost went into the research and development of Ledbury's glass reinforced plastic hull.[4]

She is attached to the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron, based in Portsmouth. Ledbury underwent a docking maintenance period, commencing in June 2009, to fit the new Seafox mine disposal equipment. This new equipment (replacing the French built PAP RCMDS) is a significant improvement in both mine detection and disposal technology.


  1. ^ Hansard Hand Written Answers,, 1981
  2. ^ a b HMS Ledbury (archive),
  3. ^ Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - MCM,
  4. ^ HMS Ledbury Introduction (archive),

External links

  • LedburyRoyal Navy - HMS (
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

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