HMS Inverness (M102)
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|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Launched:||27 February 1990|
|Commissioned:||24 May 1991|
|Out of service:||Paid off 15 November 2004|
|Fate:||Sold to Estonia|
|Acquired:||Scheduled for March 2008|
|Class & type:||Sandown-class minehunter|
|Displacement:||484 tons full|
|Propulsion:||2 shafts Voith-Schneider propulsors
Paxman Valenta diesels, 1,500 shp
|Speed:||13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric|
|Complement:||34 (7 officers, 27 ratings)|
|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
Inverness was built by Vosper Thornycroft and launched on 27 February 1990 as one of the 12 ship class of Sandown-class minehunters.
Inverness took part in the major joint service Exercise Saif Sareea II in Oman throughout October 2001, and also trained on her way back from the Gulf as part of the overarching Exercise Argonaut 2001 maritime task group. During Exercise Saif Sareea II, Inverness formed part of a minehunter group with her sisters Walney, and the Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessels Quorn and Cattistock, supported by RFA Diligence.
In 2003, Inverness was one of a number of Royal Navy warships taking part in a multi-national exercises off Scotland, which involved ships and aircraft from a number of the world's navies, including French, German and American units. HMS Inverness was awarded the Freedom of the City of Inverness in 2004.
In July 2004, the UK Ministry of Defence announced that as part of the restructuring of the Navy, the three oldest Sandown-class minehunters would be retired by April 2005. Inverness was decommissioned in 2005 and was then laid up awaiting a buyer or disposal. In September 2006, Estonia signed a contract to acquire the three vessels.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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