The Hunt class will leave service between 2029 and 2031 and the Sandown class will leave service between 2021 and 2025.
The information came to light via a Parliamentary question.
Mark Francois, Member of Parliament for Rayleigh and Wickford Commons, asked via a Parliamentary written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned out-of-service date is for the (a) Hunt class mine countermeasures vessels and (b) Sandown class mine countermeasures vessels.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“On current plans, the Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels will leave service between 2029 and 2031 and the Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels will leave service between 2021 and 2025.”
The future beyond the Hunt and Sandown classes
The Sandown and Hunt class Mine Counter Measure Vessels are based in Scotland.
“The staff and ships of Mine Counter Measures 1 (MCM1) Squadron deploy in the Northern Gulf, conduct NATO exercises with other nations and work around the British Coastline, protecting our shores and clearing the old ordnance that remains as a legacy of previous wars.”
They’ll be replaced with uncrewed platforms in future.