HMS Cattistock (M31)

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Career (UK)
Name: HMS Cattistock
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 29 January 1979
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 22 January 1981
Commissioned: 5 March 1982
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire
Identification: Pennant number: M31
Honours and
awards:
North Sea: 1941-45, Atlantic: 1942-1944, Normandy: 1944, Northern Persian Gulf: 1990-91
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement: 750 tons
Length: 60 m
Beam: 9.8 m
Draught: 2.2 m
Propulsion: 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540 shp
Speed: 17 knots
Complement: 45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar Type 2193
Armament:
  • 30mm automatic small calibre gun
  • 2 × Mk44 minigun
  • 3 × 7.62mm general purpose machine guns

Mine counter measures equipment:

  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Cattistock, the third ship of this name, is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1981 and commissioned on 5 March 1982, the third ship of her class.

She was mentioned in the media in December 2002 after colliding with a jetty as she was leaving her homeport of HMNB Portsmouth in late November. She was left with a 2 ft hole in her side, although no crew were hurt in the collision. It was the third such collision that year, as the submarine Trafalgar ran aground off the Isle of Skye earlier in November and the destroyer Nottingham hit rocks off the coast of Australia in July.[1]

In 2012 she assisted in the location of two Royal Air Force Panavia Tornados which had crashed in the Moray Firth.[2]

She is due to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 2013.[3]

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