HMS Brocklesby (M33)
HMS Brocklesby in Portsmouth, October 2008.
|Launched:||12 January 1982|
|Sponsored by:||Viscountess Trenchard, the wife of Viscount Trenchard MC, then Minister of State for Defence Procurement|
|Completed:||25 October 1982|
|Commissioned:||3 February 1983|
|Identification:||Pennant number: M33|
|Al Faw – 2003|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel|
|Displacement:||750 t (740 long tons; 830 short tons)|
|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)|
|Sonar Type 2193|
2003 Invasion of Iraq
She gained a battle honour when she was among the first coalition ships into Umm Qasr during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She was part of a group of mine countermeasure vessels that cleared a mined channel into the port, enabling access to it by sea.
2011 Libya operations
In 2011 she took part in surveillance and embargo operations off the coast of Libya alongside HMS Liverpool, as part of Operation Ellamy, the UK's contribution to Operation Unified Protector. In early May 2011, she took part in a mine-clearing operation to secure the waters of Misrata Port, Libya, after mines were dropped by Muammar Gaddafi's forces to prevent aid from being delivered to the besieged city. Brocklesby used her sonar and SeaFox mine disposal system to locate and destroy a mine that was located 1.6 km from the harbour entrance, making the waters safe for aid ships to enter.
Brocklesby's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Jim Byron DSC, said:
The Royal Navy has always had a great reputation for mine clearance and it is precisely this type of operation that shows the world just how good we are. We are extremely proud that we could use our skills and knowledge to open that port and allow humanitarian aid back into Libya where it is so desperately needed. Without this capability there could have been hundreds of lives lost through the detonation of that mine.— Captain Byron, Royal Navy interview
Exercise Joint Warrior 2013
- Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels – MCM, globalsecurity.org
- Arlidge, John (29 March 1993). "French fishermen burn patrol boat's ensign: Minister warns Navy will get tough after two new humiliations in fishing rights dispute". The Independent. London.
- History of HMS Brocklesby
- "Libya: RAF Tornados destroy seven Libyan tanks". BBC News. 9 April 2011.
- Norton-Taylor, Richard (4 May 2011). "Libyan conflict enters psychological stage". The Guardian. London.
- "HMS Brocklesby returns from Libya mission". Ministry of Defence. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2013.