Royal Navy Minehunter Sails for NATO Mission

Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby leaves Portsmouth on Wednesday (January 7) for a six-month mission to the Mediterranean and Baltic.

The Hunt-class vessel will form part of a NATO group, working alongside mine countermeasures vessels from Germany, Belgium, Latvia and the Netherlands and a Danish frigate.

Brocklesby’s first stop after leaving Portsmouth will be Copenhagen where she will attend a ceremony to mark Denmark taking command of NATO’s mine countermeasures group in the region.

She then sails to the Mediterranean for a month of exercises with the other ships in her group. On completion the vessels embark on the clearance of live WW2 ordnance from the English Channel, North Sea and Baltic. This will allow Brocklesby to use her new state of the art mine warfare system –Seafox – for the first time.

Seafox comprises a remote-controlled unmanned submarine with a camera and is capable of destroying ordnance in depths of more than 300 metres.

The ship is due to return to Portsmouth in July. @RoyalNavy

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