HMS Cattistock (M31)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS Cattistock
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 29 January 1979
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 22 January 1981
Commissioned: 5 March 1982
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire
Identification: Pennant number: M31
Honours and
  • North Sea (1941-45)
  • Atlantic (1942-1944)
  • Normandy (1944)
  • Northern Persian Gulf (1990-91)
Status: in active service
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 Cattistock, the third ship of this name, is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1981 and commissioned on 5 March 1982, the third ship of her class.

In 1991, she was placed under the command of Sir George Zambellas, who was First Sea Lord from 2013 until 2016.

She was mentioned in the media in December 2002 after colliding with a jetty as she was leaving her homeport of HMNB Portsmouth in late November. She was left with a 2 ft hole in her side, although no crew were hurt in the collision. It was the third such collision that year: the submarine Trafalgar ran aground off the Isle of Skye earlier in November and the destroyer Nottingham hit rocks off the coast of Australia in July.[2]

In 2012 she assisted in the location of two Royal Air Force Panavia Tornados which had crashed in the Moray Firth.[3]

She took part in Exercise Joint Warrior 2013.[4]



  1. ^ Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - MCM,
  2. ^ "Minesweeper holed after hitting jetty". BBC News. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tornado jet crash: Wreckage located on seabed". BBC News. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Royal Navy Joint Warrior 2013,, 2013

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