HMS Hurworth (M39)

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HMS Hurworth operating in the English Channel
United Kingdom
NameHMS Hurworth
OperatorRoyal Navy
BuilderVosper Thornycroft
Launched25 September 1984
Sponsored byLady Anne Hallifax,[2] wife of Admiral Sir David Hallifax KCB KCVO KBE
Commissioned2 July 1985[1]
HomeportHMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and typeHunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement750 t (740 long tons; 830 short tons)[3]
Length60 m (196 ft 10 in)
Beam9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)
Draught2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Propulsion2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540 shp
Speed17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems
Sonar Type 2193
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Hurworth is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the British Royal Navy.

Service History

In March 1987, Hurworth was visiting Ostend when the cross channel ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized leaving Zeebrugge; two of her divers were awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for their efforts in the rescue.[4]

On 2 March 2009, she was the centrepiece of the festivities to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of a freedom charter by King John to Great Yarmouth.[5]



  1. Olver, Jeremy. "Hunt Class MCMVs". Warships. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. "HMS Hurworth - Ship's Sponsor". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. "Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - Specifications". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. "Warship helps to mark Great Yarmouth charter weekend". Eastern Daily Press. 1 March 2009. Archived from the original on 19 March 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  6. "HMS Hurworth". Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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