HMS Middleton will spend three years based in Bahrain and will carry out security operations across the region.

HMS Middleton will set sail today for a three year deployment to the Gulf where she will protect vital sea lanes and provide wider maritime security to the region. Although Middleton will be based in Bahrain for three years, the 45 ships company will rotate every six months.

Four of the Navy’s minehunters are a permanent presence in the Gulf demonstrating the UK’s continued commitment to enduring peace and stability in the region.

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Ian Petrie

I’m curious why the UK doesn’t have corvettes for work like this. Lots of light, fast surface attack ships would seem to be a logical thing to have in your fleet. Something like the US navy’s littoral warships for instance, they’re extremely flexible and would suit roles like this.

Russell Bushby

Doesn’t the new, upgraded 2500 ton River Class suit that purpose?

Ian Petrie

They do twenty knots and only eight will be built. They don’t have the flexibility or speed of the littoral ships, but are a better alternative to sending billion pound anti aircraft destroyers after drug smugglers.
https://youtu.be/XQSwxU7Xefo

UK Defence Journal

Eight?

Ian Petrie

My bad, that included foreign orders. Four is quite definitely not enough…

UK Defence Journal

There are no foreign orders and it’s three.

Ian Petrie

There’s three in the second batch… Maybe Wikipedia is out of date then…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River-class_patrol_vessel

Russell Bushby

Ian Petrie My understanding was that there were to be four

Ian Petrie

Erm, not even sure about that now!

Russell Bushby

I’m bad. Three, at this tme

Mervyn Cowdrey

These ships are in the Gulf undertaking their primary purpose -,minewarefare. They need to keep the Straits open if the Iranians try to block them.

Ian Petrie

I agree, but we still need a whole lot of these…
https://youtu.be/on7T5basB1k

shark bait

@Ian, becayse corvettes are terrible, they are for poor navy’s that cant afford the resources needed for a ship that gives a real presence.