HMS Ledbury was engaged in escorting major warships and Fleet auxiliaries
between Scapa Flow and Iceland until late June 1942, when she was attached
to the ocean escort of the ill-fated convoy PQ17. In August, Ledbury was
allocated to the close escort of the ‘Pedestal’ relief convoy to
Malta and played a major part in assisting the damaged tanker Ohio to reach
Grand Harbour claiming to have destroyed three and five enemy aircraft.
In June 1943, HMS Ledbury proceeded again to the Mediterranean after further service on escort duties between Iceland and the Orkneys and took part in the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky). She was also involved in the Salerno landings in September 1943, but thereafter her main employment was as a convoy escort, based at first on Malta and latterly at Alexandria. Occasional offensive patrols in the Adriatic and Aegean were undertaken and she covered the return of British troops to Athens in October 1944. She was reduced to reserve status in March 1946 at Portsmouth, and was not again commissioned for active service before being sold for scrap in 1958.
The second HMS Ledbury (M30) was launched in December 1979, at the Vosper Thornycroft
yard in Southampton and was commissioned on 11th June, 1981. It has a
non-magnetic GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) hull for it's primary duties as
minesweeper and mine hunter and has with a full load displacement of 750 tonnes.
She is 60 metres long, 10 metres in the beam and has a crew of 6 Officers, 9
Senior Ratings and 29 Junior Ratings.
This is the second of the Royal Navy’s eleven Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) and is a member of the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron based at Portsmouth. Shortly after becoming fully operational she was deployed to the South Atlantic in company with her sister ship HMS BRECON. Both ships were supported by RMS St Helena for mine clearance and bomb disposal operations around the Falkland Islands after the ceasefire.
HMS Ledbury carried out the last minesweeping exercise by the Royal Navy on 12 October 2005 off the Isle of Wight. From now on all conventional minesweeping is at an end and advanced minehunting systems and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) wil be developed.
The Royal Navy. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.2017
Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd). http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DE-Ledbury.htm
Rob Hoole, RN Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association. http://www.mcdoa.org.uk/To_Sweep_No_More.htm
Navy News. http://www.navynews.co.uk/ships/ledbury.asp