Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessel
Built by Vosper Thornycroft, at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 4 July 2000, by Lady Garnett. HMS Blyth commissioned on 28 February 2001.
She was one of originally twelve Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) in the Royal Navy, constructed with glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) hulls.
Her homeport was HMNB Clyde, where she was part of the MCM1 Squadron. She decommisioned at Rosyth dockyard on 4 August 2021.
The primary responsibility of the Sandown-class is to seek out, detect and destroy mines, using the SeaFox unmanned underwater vehicle and a team of highly skilled Mine Clearance Divers.