HMS Middleton (M34)

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HMS Middleton in Portsmouth
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Middleton
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow
Launched: 27 April 1983[1]
Sponsored by: Lady Blaker
Commissioned: 4 July 1984[2]
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Identification: Pennant number: M34
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement: 750 t (740 long tons; 830 short tons)[3]
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[4].
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 Middleton is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the British Royal Navy. She forms part of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron based in Portsmouth.

The ship was launched by Lord and Lady Blaker in 1983: Lady Blaker remains the patron of the ship[5].

Operational history[edit]

In 2009, Middleton sailed for the Gulf for a three year deployment operating out of Bahrain, she returned to Portsmouth on 31 August 2012[6].

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[7] and took part in that autumn's "Exercise Joint Warrior" off Scotland[8].

On 9 November 2015, Middleton sailed from Portsmouth for a second three year deployment in the Gulf[9]. Alongside sister HMS Chiddingfold, the two Hunt Class ships form half of the Royal Navy's minehunter force permanently deployed in the region.



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