HMS Ledbury (M30)

HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV). She ensures safe passage for larger ships all over the world. 

HMS Ledbury (M30) is currently on deployment

Kipion Mine Counter-Measures

Middle East

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HMS Ledbury is the first of the Hunt-class minehunters, and was commissioned in June 1981.
A smaller ship, HMS Ledbury is home to 47 crew members.
Minehunters have glass-reinforced plastic hulls to help conceal their presence from sea-mines.
HMS Ledbury is now in theatre as part of the UK four-strong MCMV force permanently based in the Middle East.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

47 crew

On board

685 tonnes

Total displacement

1,500+ nautical miles

Total range

Our skills

Our skills

As a minehunter, HMS Ledbury safety detects and destroys dangers under the water. A committed team of 47 use specialist skills and equipment including:


Our operations

Current operation

Kipion Mine Counter-Measures

Middle East

Hunting mines to ensure the safe flow of trade and oil, demonstrating our commitment to peace and stability.

Our base

Our base

Middle East

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander James Harkin

Lt Cdr Harkin joined the Royal Navy in 2006. He took command of HMS Ledbury in December 2016

HMS Ledbury's role

HMS Ledbury is the first of the Hunt-class Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV). The Hunt-class live up to their name by using high definition sonar, searching the world's seabeds for mines and lost explosives.

Her highly-skilled crew work together to clear the oceans of hidden dangers, searching for and safely removing mines – modern and historic – so larger ships can enjoy safe passage. They play a vital role in maintaining the freedom of navigation on the high seas and supporting the UK’s international trade. 

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