HMS Bangor

Minehunter HMS Bangor is one of seven Sandown-class mine countermeasures ships based in Scotland.

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During early 2014 HMS Bangor underwent a major refit period in Rosyth, which included the installation of 3 new, ‘first of Class’ Diesel Generators.  She returned to sea in June 2014 with a new crew, MCM1 Crew 8, who will stay with the Ship until December 2015.  Bangor returned to her base port of Faslane in July after over 6 months away and after successful completing sea and safety trials.

The stay in Faslane was short-lived, as Bangor deployed up the River Clyde for a 19-day visit to Glasgow for the period of the Commonwealth Games. The visit saw almost 19,000 people visit and tour the Ship.

Bangor returned to operational tasking in UK waters, her core Mine Countermeasures capabilities were honed whilst conducting detailed survey work using her variable depth sonar and whilst facilitating Mine Warfare training for Officers and Ratings under training in HMS Collingwood.

A busy year ended with a period of maintenance alongside Faslane and preparations for a busy and challenging 2015.


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Royal Navy mine warfare experts tested to limit in three-week Gulf exercise

Royal Navy mine warfare experts tested to limit in three-week Gulf exercise


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Current operation Kipion MCMV

In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf.

The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

The First Bangor1940

The first HMS Bangor was launched on 23 May 1940, commissioned on 19 October 1940 and allocated to the 9th Minesweeping Flotilla, Orkney and Shetland Command.


On 12 February 1941, she was bombed whilst in the Moray Firth. No damage was done but her wireless telegraph was out of action and she retired to Aberdeen for repairs.

Battle Honours1942

In August 1942 HMS Bangor was involved in Operation Jubilee – the raid on Dieppe. The minesweepers opened proceedings for the raid by sweeping a broad swathe of the channel. 

Battle Honours1944

As part of Task Force 129, the Naval component of the D-Day landings, HMS Bangor provided fire support against German positions in Cherbourg. 

Royal Norwegian Navy1945

In May 1945, Bangor was involved in minesweeping operations to Norway, and in June was one of five minesweepers loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy. She was transferred on 11 November 1945.

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Commanding Officer Charlie Luxford

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Charile Luxford joined the Royal Navy in 2001, he assumed command of HMS Bangor December 2016.

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