HMS Middleton (M34)
HMS Middleton in Portsmouth
|Builder:||Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow|
|Launched:||27 April 1983|
|Sponsored by:||Lady Blaker|
|Commissioned:||4 July 1984|
|Identification:||Pennant number: M34|
|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:||2x Caterpillar C32 ACERT Diesel.|
|Speed:||17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)|
|Complement:||45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)|
|Sonar Type 2193|
The ship was launched by Lord and Lady Blaker in 1983: Lady Blaker remains the patron of the ship.
In early 2013, Middleton entered refit in Portsmouth, the work package included replacing her 30 year old Napier Deltic engines with new more fuel efficient Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels. Following sea trials, Middleton rejoined the fleet in 2014 and took part in that autumn's "Exercise Joint Warrior" off Scotland.
On 9 November 2015, Middleton sailed from Portsmouth for a second three year deployment in the Gulf. Alongside sister HMS Chiddingfold, the two Hunt Class ships form half of the Royal Navy's minehunter force permanently deployed in the region.
- Middleton, Rochdale
- Middleton and Chadderton Sea Cadets - TS Tremadoc Bay
- Rochdale Sea Cadets - TS Frobisher II
- Navy News - HMS Middleton
- This is Middleton - HMS Middleton
- Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - MCM, globalsecurity.org
- "The installation of two new engines marks a major milestone in the 12-month upgrade of Royal Navy minehunter HMS Chiddingfold.". gov.uk. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
- "'Lucky' lady sees her ship off to the Gulf". Middleton Guardian.
- "HMS Middleton returns after three years". Portsmouth News.
- "New lease of life for HMS Middleton". royalnavy.mod.uk. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
- "Exercise Joint Warrior gets underway". royalnavy.mod.uk. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
- "HMS Middleton leaves Portsmouth for three years in the Gulf". royalnavy.mod.uk. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2017-04-27.