HMS Cromer (M103)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Cromer.
HMS Blazer and Hindostan at Dartmouth.jpg
HMS Cromer after decommissioning at Britannia Royal Naval College (right), with HMS Blazer (left)
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Cromer (M103)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 6 October 1990
Commissioned: 7 April 1992
Decommissioned: 2001
Fate: Designated as training ship
General characteristics
Class & type: Sandown-class minehunter
Displacement: 484 tons full
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:
2 × ECA PAP 104 Mk.5 remotely controlled submarines (ROV)
ECA mine disposal system
Clearance divers

HMS Cromer was a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1992. She was named after the North Norfolk seaside town of the same name.

HMS Cromer visited Dundee on November 6–9, 1998 (for a Dundee navy day and Armistice Day commemorations) when she was accompanied by various warships from European countries including: Norwegian minelayer/command ship N 52 KNM Vidar, Norwegian minesweeper KNM Maloy, Dutch minesweeper M 860 Hr.Ms. Schiedam, Belgian minesweeper M 917 BNS Crocus, Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose and German minesweeper F45 FGS Volkingen.

She was decommissioned in 2001 before being refitted for use as a training ship at the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. In keeping with tradition, for this role the ship has been renamed Hindostan. As she is not a commissioned ship she is not prefixed "HMS".