Military Capabilities

UK MCM force cut back as two Hunt class retire early

21 December 2017

The UK Royal Navy (RN) has quietly retired two Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), reducing the size of its MCM fleet below the 15-ship force level set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15).

HMS Atherstone and HMS Quorn were decommissioned at HM Naval Base Portsmouth on 14 December. Both ships had been taken into the refit hall at Portsmouth in late 2016 to undertake modernisation refits, but the decision was taken earlier this year to halt work and retire the two vessels early.

Retirement of Atherstone and Quorn leaves the RN with a force of 13 MCMVs, comprising six Hunt-class vessels and seven Sandown-class minehunters.

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