HMS Quorn (M41)

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HMS Quorn is pictured as she departs from Portsmouth. MOD 45139064.jpg
HMS Quorn in 2001
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Quorn
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 23 January 1988
Sponsored by: Lady Rosemary Thompson
Commissioned: 1989
Decommissioned: 14 December 2017
Identification: Pennant number: M41
Status: Awaiting disposal
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
Entering Portsmouth harbour

HMS Quorn, the third ship of this name, was a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 23 January 1988, the last ship of her class.

On 18 March 2007, she was presented with the Freedom of the Borough scroll in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.[2]

Operational history[edit]

From May 2011 to September 2014, Quorn was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of the Royal Navy's permanent presence in the region. Based in Bahrain, Quorn's crew changed every eight months enabling the ship to remain on station for a prolonged period without the costs associated with returning to the United Kingdom. During the deployment, Quorn was "twinned" with American minehunter USS Devastator.[3]

Quorn spent the late spring and summer of 2015 on deployment in northern European waters, including the Baltic Sea as part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1). During the deployment she took part in Exercise Joint Warrior off Scotland, BALTOPS 2015 alongside HM Ships Iron Duke and Ocean and Kiel Week before returning to Portsmouth in July.[4]

After spending a period alongside in extended readiness, Quorn was lifted out of the water into the "Minor War Vessels Centre of Specialisation"; the former shipbuilding hall at HMNB Portsmouth in December 2016.[5] However, in October 2017 it was revealed that her planned refit would not take place and ‘’Quorn’’ would be decommissioned on 14 December 2017.[6]



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