Navy Minehunter Leaves For Three-Year Gulf Deployment

HMS Shoreham will patrol waters in the region and look for mines on the seabed.

Royal Navy minehunter HMS Shoreham has left the UK to begin a three-year deployment to the Gulf.

The Sandown-class vessel will patrol waters in the region and ensure shipping lanes are kept safe by conducting seabed surveys and detecting mines.

It will relieve sister ship HMS Bangor, which is currently carrying out duties to protect British interests in the Middle East.

"It's going to be a really important job when we get out there," says Shoreham's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Adrian Visram.

"It will be challenging for the ship's company, but we've had an excellent training package.

"We're ready to deploy, and go and support the United Kingdom's aims and objectives in the region."

Loved ones wave goodbye to sailors on board HMS Shoreham.
Loved ones wave goodbye to sailors on board HMS Shoreham.

Shoreham is crewed by around 40 personnel. Those departing Faslane will spend the next six months away as part of the three-year mission in the Gulf for the minehunter.

For ship engineer, Warrant Officer Paul Hutchison, it is his last deployment after nearly three decades in the Royal Navy.

He will retire from the service on his return home.

"It feels just about right, it feels a natural progression to be moving on to other things now," he said.

In 2016, a refit was completed of the 52-metre-long Shoreham, part of a maintenance programme that takes place every four years.