HMS Quorn, decommissioned from the Royal Navy in 2017, has been sold to Lithuania.
According to DE&S here:
“HMS Quorn, which patrolled the seas as part of the Royal Navy fleet of Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) until 2017, has been sold to one of the UK’s allies. As well as creating a return and savings of £2.5 million for Navy Command, a need for upgrades could see a British-based shipbuilding company win a large contract to carry out the work.”
Clive Walker, the Head of the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA), said in a release:
“I am very pleased to see HMS Quorn move on to a new lease of life, in particular supporting the excellent working relationship that we have with Lithuania as our NATO ally, and potentially supporting British Defence with the regeneration package once the competition for the refurbishment is launched.”
The Hunt Class vessels specialise in active mine-hunting. They use high-definition sonar to scour seabeds for mines, which are then destroyed by the ship’s clearance diving teams or mine disposal system.
HMS Quorn is the third mine hunter the UK has sold to Lithuania, following HMS Dulverton and HMS Cottesmore in 2008.