HMS Penzance (M106)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Penzance.
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HMS Penzance near Kinlochbervie, 2009
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Penzance
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 11 March 1997
Commissioned: 14 May 1998
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Identification: Pennant number: M106
  • Diligenter Pensa
  • "Diligent thought"
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Sandown-class minehunter
Displacement: 600 t (590 long tons; 660 short tons)[1]
Length: 52.5 m (172 ft 3 in)
Beam: 10.9 m (35 ft 9 in)
Draught: 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: Paxman Valenta 6RP200E diesels 1523 shp, diesel-electric drive, Voith Schneider Propellers, Schottel bow thrusters
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 34 (accommodation for up to 40)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar Type 1007 I-Band
  • Sonar Type 2093
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Penzance is a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1998. She is named after the Cornwall seaside town of Penzance, and is the fourth vessel to bear the name.


  1. ^ Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - MCM,, Retrieved 8 June 2014

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