HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury is the oldest of the eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels, she was commissioned in June 1981 by its Sponsor Lady Elizabeth Berthan.

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Ledbury gears up for Gulf mission with extensive workout in Scotland

Ledbury gears up for Gulf mission with extensive workout in Scotland


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HMS Ledbury change of command


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Current operation Operational Sea Training

The ship and her company are routinely put through their paces in preparation for commencing or returning to front line operations.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location UK

Four locations are being used around the United Kingdom

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Unit History

A Delayed Launch1940

The previous HMS Ledbury was ordered two days after the outbreak of World War 2. Her construction was delayed by bomb damage to the yard, she was not launched until 27 September 1941.


HMS Ledbury was engaged in escorting major warships and fleet auxiliaries between Scapa Flow and Iceland until June 1942, then attached to the ocean escort of the ill-fated convoy PQ17. 


In June 1943 she proceeded again to the Mediterranean after further service on escort duties between Iceland and the Orkneys. She was also involved in the Salerno invasion in September 1943.


She was reduced to reserve in March 1946 and was not again commissioned for active service before she was sold for scrap in 1958.

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Commanding Officer James Harkin

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

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

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