HMS Brocklesby - M33
HMS Brocklesby (M33) as part of NATO's Standing Mine Countermeasures Force Group 1 (SNMCMG1) making a courtesy visit with BNS Godetia, FGS Bad Bevensen and HNOMS Otra to Newcastle Upon Tyne, entering Port of Tyne, 4th May 2007. Photographed from North Shields Fishquay.
The NATO Group is carrying out an extensive fourteen-week mine clearance operation in the waters of Belgium, the Netherlands, the U.K., Latvia, Estonia and France.
HMS Brocklesby is the fifth of the Royal Navy's eleven Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) and is a member of the Third Mine Countermeasures Squadron based at Faslane.
From the Royal Navy web site @
"HMS Brocklesby has the ability to conduct both minesweeping and minehunting operations. The addition of a 30mm gun enables HMS Brocklesby to be tasked in the role of Patrol Craft. The hull and most of the superstructure are constructed from GRP that is both non-magnetic and strong enough to withstand the explosive shocks likely to be encountered in a mine environment. The primary reason for having a GRP hull is to reduce to a minimum the ship's magnetic signature. The ship's noise signature has also been reduced to a minimum by tuning and matching all the main machinery and by taking great care with all resilient mountings."
Displacement: 750 tonnes
Length: 60 metres
Beam: 10.5 metres
Draught: 2.2 metres
Speed: 15 knots
Armament: 1 x 30mm gun 2x BMarc 20mm guns 2 x General Purpose Machine Guns
Sonar: Type 193M mine hunting sonar Mil cross avoidance sonar Type 2059 Pap submersible tracking sonar
Sensors: Type 1007 I band
Countermeasures: RCMDS (Remote Control Mine Disposal System) Mk1 with 2 x pap Pap 104 Mk 5 remotely controlled submersibles Combined Influence Sweep - consisting of Acoustic sweep (Mk3 Towed Acoustic Generator) Magnetic sweep Mechanical sweep - Mk 8 conventional Oropesa sweeps with armed capability. SCARAB remote control floating mine towing device - this helps the safe destruction of moored mines that have been cut from their chains.
Propulsion: 2 x Ruston-Paxman deltic 9-58K diesels developing 1900hp 1 Deltic 9-59 diesel for pulse generation and auxiliary drive. 2 shafts + bow thruster.