ALGERINE-Class Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine
propulsion machinery ordered on 15th November 1940 from Harland and Wolff, Belfast. Laid down on 24th November 1941 the ship was launched on 10th October 1942 as tenth RN ship to carry this name, introduced for the captured
French 14 gun Cutter MUTIN in 1779, later renamed PIGMY and
wrecked in Jersey during 1805. It was last borne by a Sloop built in
1900 and sold after use as an RNVR Drill Ship in 1932. Her build was completed
February 1943. This warship
adopted by the civil community of Mitcham, Surrey
following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign held in February 1942.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
- ALGIERS 1816 -
1943 - SALERNO 1943
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February Contractors trials and
commissioned for service in 12th Minesweeping Flotilla.
26th Build completion and
commenced Acceptance Trials.
March On completion took passage
to Tobermory for work-up and preparation for
After Work-up took passage to Port Edgar to
carry out minesweeping training.
Commenced minesweeping training in Forth area.
April Deployed in Home
May Prepared for service in
Mediterranean and took passage to join the Flotilla at Bizerta.
June Joined Flotilla with
HM Minesweeper FLY which became Leader in place of HM
Took part with
ships of Flotilla in clearance of passage through Galita and Sicilian
channels to allow
passage of convoys to and from the eastern Mediterranean.
minesweeping and escort duties during planned allied landings in Sicily
July Detached with HM
Minesweeper FLY, ESPIEGLE and CADMUS for minesweeping
during HUSKY. For
details of Operation HUSKY See above references.)
10th Passage to western
sector of Assault area as part of escort for military convoy.
12th Carried out
minesweeping prior to landings and remained in area for anti-submarine patrol
and escort duties
for traffic between Malta, Bizerta and beachheads.
August Central Mediterranean
minesweeping and escort duty with Flotilla in continuation.
September Resumed Flotilla deployment
for minesweeping support of planned landings on Italian
mainland at Salerno
(Operation AVALANCHE – See above references).
8th Deployed with Flotilla
to ensure clearance of mines during passage to Salerno.
damage from near miss by shore fire during minesweeping off beachhead.
16th Released from
AVALANCHE and deployed in Bay of
Naples for minesweeping with
dealt with 135 mines in Salerno area.)
30th Nominated for
transfer to Capri on completion of service in Bay of
1st Deployed for support
of operations off west coast of Sicily including mine clearance of
positions to be
used by allied warships for bombardments prior to military advances.
Minesweeping operations were frequently target of heavy fire from shore
in the Gulf of
Gaeta and often restricted in their ability to
rapidly change because of
in progress. Air attacks were also frequent.)
November West coast minesweeping
duties and support off west coast of Italy in continuation.
December Nominated with Flotilla for
minesweeping in support of planned landings at Anzio.
SHINGLE, based at Naples.
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January Passage to Anzio, 90 miles
north of Naples.
21st Flotilla deployment
with HM Minesweepers RINALDO and WATERWITCH of 19th Flotilla
and HM Minesweepers
BUDE and ROTHESAY of 13th Flotilla. to provide a swept channel
off Anzio for ships
of the assault force.
On release from
SHINGLE took passage to Naples.
February Took part with ships of
Flotilla and 19th Flotilla in minesweeping to ensure clear channels
to March for passage ships
supporting military operations, including clearance of areas selected for
support by cruisers.
April Carried out
minesweeping operations off Malta when not required for support of military
May West coast of Italy
minesweeping in continuation with part of Flotilla
(Note: Some ships
of 12th Flotilla were deployed off Malta for clearance of minefields.)
June Carried out joint
minesweeping operations with ships of Flotilla, 13th Flotilla and 28th
4th Cleared entrance to
port of Civitavecchia
with joint minesweeping force.
13th Deployed for clearance
of mines in anchorage area off Civitavecchia.
July Joint minesweeping
operations in continuation to ensure passage for ships supporting
military advance .
14th Took part in
operation to clear a channel to port of
Leghorn with ships of Flotilla, 19th and
Flotillas (Operation LOBSTER)
25th Port available for use
(Note: 250 mines
were swept during clearance of channel between Anzio to Leghorn and
ships engaged were
subject to shore fire.)
August Deployed with Flotilla for
clearance of mines off west coast of Italy to ensure safe passage.
to September (Note: Aircraft minelaying
was a common feature during this period )
October Nominated for minesweeping
service with Flotilla, in support of allied military operations
Flotilla had swept 1013 mines by this date, an achievement recognised by
Commander, Mediterranean in a congratulatory signal)
22nd Transferred to eastern
Passage to Greek
waters with HM Minesweepers ALBACORE, ACUTE and ESPIEGLE of
supplemented by HM Minesweepers SKIPJACK and TRUELOVE of 5th Flotilla.
Minesweeping Flotilla deployed for this work had recently suffered two losses)
1st Carried out
minesweeping operation to ensure clear passages for ships deployed in Aegean for
re-occupation of Greek mainland and Aegean islands.
damage during sweep from an OBOE Mine.
these operations German OBOE mines designed to explode on the surface after
being cut were
swept for the first time and caused some damage to the following ship.)
December Aegean minesweeping in
support of Greece re-occupation in continuation.
17th Detached with HM
Minesweepers FLY and ALBACORE to carry out clearance sweep
in Dardanelles to ensure safe passage for warships taking the Prime Minister and the
meeting at Yalta with the Soviet Leader.
Passage to Mudros
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January Passage to Malta with
HMS FLY after relief in
Dardanelles sweep operation by HMS
(Note: HMS FLY was relieved by HMS ACUTE at the same
resumed mine clearance off Greek mainland with the Flotilla.
February Greek mainland mine
clearance deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
March Deployed at Malta,
(Note: Other ships
of Flotilla, HM Minesweepers ALBACORE, ACUTE, CIRCE,
MUTINE and CADMUS
sailed from Malta on 23rd to resume minefield
operations based at Naples. As this ship is not included it must
be assumed she
sailed later to rejoin the Flotilla.)
April Deployed with Flotilla
for clearance between Leghorn and Genoa.
May Deployed off Genoa.
9th Port Anchorage at
Genoa cleared of mines.
First major warship
to enter Genoa.
June Gulf of Genoa area mine
clearance in continuation.
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
(revised partly from the addendum)
HMS MUTINE remained
in the Mediterranean with the 12th Flotilla and continued deployment for mine
clearance operations off Genoa and based at Naples until 1946 when she returned
to Malta to prepare for return to UK with the rest of the Flotilla. The Flotilla
was then deployed was nominated for mine clearance operations off the French,
Belgian and Dutch coasts based at Harwich with HM Minesweepers FLY (SO). CADMUS, ACUTE, CIRCE and ALBACORE. After repair at
Portsmouth in August 1946 she resumed Flotilla
duties until November when Paid-off and reduced to Reserve status at Sheerness
before being laid-up at Harwich. In April 1956 the ship recommissioned to
replace HM Minesweeper LYSANDER for minesweeping training based at Portsmouth.
When this requirement ceased the ship was used as a ship target for aircraft
training and placed back in Reserve at Chatham. Although refitted for use as an
anti-submarine escort in 1958-9 whilst in Reserve, she never recommissioned and
in 1966 was put on the Disposal List. Sold to BISCO in March 1967 the ship was
towed to Barrow where it arrived in tow for demolition by TW Ward at Dalmuir on
7th April that year.
For more about Algerine-class Minesweepers, see
PAYING OFF of
from J P Knell, Shipwright 4, C/MX691400.
Referring to the
post war service record of HMS MUTINE in which you state she was decommissioned
on her return to the UK from Malta, being paid-off at Sheerness. When I joined
her in June 1946 at Harwich following my return from serving in the Far East,
she was then part of the 12th Flotilla comprising HMS FLY J306 [Flotilla
Leader], HMS CADMUS J230 [½ Leader], HMS ACUTE J106, HMS CIRCE J214,
HMS ALBACORE J101 and HMS MUTINE J227. The flotilla was employed locating and
sweeping often poorly charted mine fields off the French, Dutch coast and
islands. HMS MUTINE underwent minor repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard for a week if
I recall correctly in late August 1946. She was finally paid-off in November
1946 at Sheerness. I should just like to recognise the contribution these ships
and crews continued to make after the end of war. In a way they are perhaps
representative of the post-war navy in general, often undertaking hazardous
operations for a country thankfully at peace.