HMS Walney (M104)

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HMS Walney docked at Liverpool in May 2006
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Walney (M104)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 25 November 1991
Commissioned: 19 February 1993
Decommissioned: 15 October 2010
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class and type: Sandown class minehunter
Displacement: 600 tonnes
Length: 52.5 m
Beam: 10.9 m
Draught: 2.3 m
Speed: 13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric
Complement: 34 (7 officers, 27 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 1007 navigation radar
  • Type 2093 variable-depth mine hunting sonar
  • 1 × Oerlikon 30 mm KCB gun on DS-30B mount
  • 2 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG machine guns
  • Wallop Defence Systems Barricade Mk. III countermeasure launchers
  • Irvin Aerospace Replica Decoy launchers
  • Mine Counter-Measures Equipment:
  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Clearance divers

HMS Walney (M104) was a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy. She was the fourth of the Sandown-class minehunters, and the second ship to carry the name, which comes from the island off Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on the north-west coast of England.

Construction and design[edit]

HMS Walney was one of four Sandown-class minehunters ordered from Vosper Thornycroft on 27 July 1987.[1] She was laid down at Vosper Thoneycroft's Woolston, Southampton shipyard in May 1990, launched on 25 November 1991 and commissioned on 20 February 1993.[1][2]


On 15 May 2006, HMS Walney and HMS Atherstone discovered a 1000 lb World War II bomb whilst conducting a survey of the River Mersey.[3]

It was announced on December 16, 2009, that Walney would be decommissioned sometime in 2010.[4] She was decommissioned in a ceremony on 15 October 2010 at her homeport, HMNB Clyde. Walney called in at her affiliated town of Barrow-in-Furness on her way to her final port of call, Portsmouth Naval Base where she remains laid up in 3 Basin. In 2014 the ship was listed for sale via the Disposal Services Authority.[5][6]



  1. ^ a b Baker 1998, p. 947.
  2. ^ Saunders 2002, p. 780.
  3. ^ "1000 lb WW II Bomb Discovered During Operation Roco". Irishseashipping. 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "MoD names ships cut from Navy". Defence Management. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Listing for ex-HMS Walney
  6. ^ "Base Says Farewell To Mine Hunter". Royal Navy. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 


  • Baker, A.D. (1998). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4. 
  • Saunders, Stephen (2002). Jane's Fighting Ships 2002–2003. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-24328. 

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