HMS Bangor (M109)

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HMS Bangor sweeping Southampton Water in preparation for the International Fleet Review 2005.
United Kingdom
NameHMS Bangor
NamesakeBangor, County Down
OperatorRoyal Navy
BuilderVosper Thornycroft
Launched16 April 1999
Commissioned26 July 2000
HomeportHMNB Clyde
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and type Sandown-class minehunter
Displacement600 t (590 long tons; 660 short tons)[1]
Length52.5 m (172 ft 3 in)
Beam10.9 m (35 ft 9 in)
Draught2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
PropulsionPaxman Valenta 6RP200E diesels 1523 shp, diesel-electric drive, Voith Schneider Propellers, Schottel bow thrusters
Speed13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement34 (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 Bangor is a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1999. Designed to hunt mines in depths of up to 200m using the Sonar 2093 Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) meaning that she can conduct mine clearance operations throughout the continental shelf. She is named after the Northern Ireland seaside town of the same name, and the second Royal Navy vessel to bear the name.


Through October 2011 Bangor conducted maritime security patrols off Misrata during the NATO military intervention in Libya.[2]

Bangor participated in the 2013 Exercise Joint Warrior.[3] She was stationed on the River Clyde for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. For the duration of the games the general public were allowed on board for a free tour.[4]


  1. "Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - Specifications". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. "UK operations over Libya continue". Ministry of Defence. 14 October 2011. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. "Scotland set to host Exercise Joint Warrior". Royal Navy. 2 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. Ferguson, Brian (16 May 2014). "Royal Navy to stage Glasgow 2014 show on Clyde". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

External links

"HMS Bangor". Royal Navy.