HMS Atherstone (M38)

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HMS Atherstone at Portsmouth Harbour.jpg
HMS Atherstone
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Atherstone
Namesake: Atherstone, Warwickshire
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston, Southampton
Launched: 1 March 1986
Sponsored by: Mrs Amy Jarvis, wife of the then Deputy Controller of the Royal Navy
Commissioned: 17 January 1987
Identification: Pennant number: M38
Nickname(s): The Crazy A
Status: in active service
Badge: Ship's badge
General characteristics
Class and type: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement: 750 t (740 long tons; 830 short tons)[1]
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 shp
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar Type 2193
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Atherstone is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 1 March 1986 and commissioned on 17 January 1987,[2] the tenth ship of her class.

The present Atherstone is the third ship to bear the name. She was built by Vosper Thornycroft shipbuilders at Woolston, Southampton. She was launched on 1 March 1986 by Mrs Amy Jarvis, the wife of Mr Pat Jarvis, CB, the Deputy Controller of the Navy at the Ministry of Defence.

She was accepted into service on 28 November 1986 and commissioned in Portsmouth in early 1987. The ship has a close association with the town of Atherstone, Warwickshire, and is currently part of the 2nd Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Squadron based at Portsmouth, England.

Atherstone has recently returned from the Gulf as part of Operation Telic in the Middle East, in support of Coalition operations to promote and maintain peace in the Persian Gulf. She helped to provide assurance to merchant shipping, by conducting mine-countermeasure surveys in the main shipping routes throughout the region. She is participating in 2014 IMCMEX [3] She returned to port in December 2015.[4]


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