HMS Ledbury (M30)

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HMS Ledbury (M30) - Portsmouth 2007 - BB.jpg
HMS Ledbury in Portsmouth 2007
Career (UK)
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
awards:
Malta (1942) Arctic (1942-3) Sicily (1943) Salerno (1943) Adriatic (1944) Aegean (1944) Kuwait (1991) Al Faw (2003)
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: 15 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x Gemini
Complement: 43 (5 Officers, 9 Senior Ratings, 29 Junior Ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar Type 2193, Radar Type 1007
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 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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