HMS Shoreham (M112)

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HMS Shoreham deployed on Op KIPION MOD 45167667.jpg
Shoreham off Bahrain in 2021
United Kingdom
NameHMS Shoreham
OperatorRoyal Navy
BuilderVosper Thornycroft
Launched9 April 2001
Commissioned20 July 2002
HomeportHMS Jufair, Bahrain
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 Shoreham leads a MCM convoy in the Persian Gulf, 2012

HMS Shoreham is a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy. She is the fifth vessel to bear the name.

Shoreham is now permanently based at HMS Jufair as part of 4 Minehunters of 9th Mine Countermeasures Squadron[2]supported by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay Class on Operation Kipion.

Operational history


Shoreham was accepted into service on 28 November 2001 and commissioned in a ceremony in her namesake port on 20 July 2002.


In 2012, Shoreham deployed to the Gulf to join the 9th Mine Countermeasures squadron based in Bahrain. She returned to Faslane on 28 August 2015 after three years away.[3]

Shoreham entered refit in Rosyth in 2016 for repair work to her hull. Other work carried out included installing a new galley, fitting a new fire detection system and improving the high-pressure air system. She was handed back to the Royal Navy in January 2017.[4]

In spring 2017, Shoreham deployed with NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), operating around Northern Europe. During the course of this deployment Shoreham, the last of the Sandown Class to be built exercised with the former HMS Sandown, the first, now operated by the Estonian Navy as Admiral Cowan.[5]


  1. "Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels - Specifications". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. "RFA Cardigan Bay's winter in the Gulf". (in English). Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. "HMS Shoreham returns from Gulf deployment". Royal Navy. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. "'Like new' Shoreham emerges from six-month revamp". Royal Navy. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  5. "Oldest and newest Sandown-class minehunters meet up in Estonia". Royal Navy. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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