Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Interest confirmed in former Royal Navy minesweeper HMS Atherstone

27th November 2020 - 13:05 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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​Tied up in an unseen corner of Portsmouth Naval Base, the former UK RN mine countermeasure vessel HMS Atherstone is nearing its end, stripped for parts and machinery to maintain the diminishing Hunt class fleet.

Listed for sale by the UK’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) in Q2 of this year, HMS Atherstone was decommissioned in 2017 along with another of its sister ships, HMS Quorn, after 30 years of service. 

The latter vessel has since been sold to Lithuania, netting a tidy ...

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