HMS Penzance (M106)

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HMS Penzance off Bahrain, 2021
United Kingdom
NameHMS Penzance
OperatorRoyal Navy
BuilderVosper Thornycroft
Launched11 March 1997
Commissioned14 May 1998
HomeportHMNB Clyde
  • Diligenter Pensa
  • "Diligent thought"
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 Penzance is a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1998. She is named after the seaside town of Penzance in Cornwall, and is the fourth vessel to bear the name.

In 2020 HMS Penzance deployed long-term to the Persian Gulf, operating as part of 9 Mine Countermeasures Squadron from HMS Jufair in Bahrain. In this role, crews for HMS Penzance rotate every four months. [2]

In April 2021 HMS Penzance was involved in a collision with HMS Chiddingfold in Mina Salman, Bahrain, both vessels remained afloat and were able to berth safely.[3]


  1. "Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - Specifications". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  3. "Gulf: £100,000 Of Damage After Navy Ships Collision". Forces Network (in English). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
HMS Penzance near Kinlochbervie, 2009

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