ALGERINE-Class Fleet Minesweeper
fitted with Reciprocating propulsion
machinery and ordered from Lobnitz
on 9th June 1943 and laid down on 30th
June 1944. She was launched on 26th
January 1945 and was the 9th RN ship to
carry this name, introduced in 1656 for
a 4 gun Dutch Privateer which was later
expended as a fireship
in the Medway during a Dutch incursion.
The name was last used for a
HALCYON-Class Fleet Minesweeper lost in
December 1942 during the Battle of the
Barents Sea. Build of this minesweeper
was completed on 28th June 1945.
Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK
campaign for National Savings in March
1942 the 1938 built ship was adopted by
the civil community of Aireborough
in the West Riding of
Yorkshire and it is presumed continued their association with the new warship.
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9 4 5
Commissioned for service in 3rd
Minesweeping Flotilla as Senior
Build completion and commenced
completion took passage to Tobermory
Passage to Forth on completion of
Deployed in Forth for Minesweeping
Exercises prior to joining Flotilla
Joined Flotilla or formation and
deployed for mine clearance in Home
Other ships in Flotilla were HM Fleet
Minesweepers MAMELUKE, MARVEL,
MARINER and ROMOLA of this Class.)
Deployed with Flotilla for mine
clearance in Home waters.
(Note: Extensive British
and German minefields existed in May
1945 and Flotilla carried out
clearance in Home waters.
Some ships were based at Londonderry
for operations in
Sea and NW Approaches based at
Londonderry and others based in Forth
off East Coast of Great Britain.
9 4 6
Home waters mine clearance in
continuation with Flotilla.
HM Fleet Minesweepers MANDATE, MYSTIC,
NERISSA, POLARIS joined MS3 and HMS
MARINER and ROMOLA
transferred to newly formed 4th
Mine clearance in Home waters in
in SW Approaches based at Plymouth
1st Minesweeping Flotilla and
continued Home waters mine clearance
based at Plymouth.
Fleet Minesweeper COCKATRICE joined
9 4 7
Home waters mine clearance duties with
Flotilla in continuation in SW
Approaches and North
Fleet Minesweeper HOUND joined
Flotilla and in place of HMS MAMELUKE
9 4 8
Nominated for reduction to Reserve
status and Flotilla disbanded.
Paid-off and reduced to Reserve status
at Harwich with HMS NERISSA and HMS
Accepted into Reserve and Laid-up at
in Reserve Fleet.
22 other ships of the Class were in
Reserve at Harwich.
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to Flag J Numerics
with new system of identities used in
9 4 9 t o 1950
Laid-up at Harwich
9 5 1
Nominated for service in 4th
Minesweeping Flotilla as Senior
Officer’s ship (MS4) on formation.
forward and re-commissioned at
was part of a programme to increase RN
capabilities following the outbreak of
Other ships in Flotilla, all brought
forward from Reserve were HM Fleet
PICKLE, PINCHER, RATTLESNAKE and
Passage to Portland to work-up with
Flotilla prior to operational
Passage to Harwich with Flotilla.
Deployed at Harwich for minesweeping
exercises and preparation for Fleet
duties as required.
Depot Ship MULL OF GALLOWAY had also
been brought from Reserve and was
to be based at Harwich for the
support of the Flotilla.)
COCKATRICE and HMS CHEERFUL joined MS4
9 5 2
Harwich deployment in continuation.
HMS Fleet Minesweeper LAERTES
replaced HMS MANDATE which went into
Harwich training and Fleet duties in
(Note Ships of Flotilla were deployed
for NATO and other RN exercises during
and visited ports in UK and NATO
countries during routine programme.
Designation of Flotilla changed to 4th
Squadron duties based at Harwich in
PINCHER detached for service in Fishery
Squadron deployment in Home waters
to April Nominated
for attendance at Royal Review with
ships of Flotilla.
Passage to Portsmouth
Attended Fleet Review
Resumed Squadron training and exercise
programme at Harwich.
9 5 4
deployment in Home waters for
minesweeping training and Home Fleet
November HMS CHEERFUL
and HMS COCKATRICE left for transfer
deployment in continuation
9 5 5
waters deployment with Squadron in
These included NATO and Home Fleet
HMS PINCHER rejoined Squadron.
Squadron duties in continuation
operational visit to Cuxhaven and
Hamburg with ships of Squadron.
Made independent visit to Antwerp and
Brussels to take part in NATO
celebration of the opening
between Antwerp and Brussels.
On completion rejoined Squadron to
take part in exercises with Royal
Resumed Squadron deployment for
training and Fleet exercises.
Paid visit to London with HMS RINALDO,
RATTLESNAKE and PINCHER.
nominated for disbandment and
nominated for duty in Fishery
with HMS RATTLESNAKE.
December Carried out
final training exercises
9 5 6
Joined Squadron based in Humber and
deployed for patrols to ensure
regulations relating to
Internationally agreed limits were
correctly observed, including fishing
in British Home
and adherence to net sizes.
Other ships in Squadron included HM
Fleet Minesweepers RATTLESNAKE,
ORESTES, HOUND, TRUELOVE and LENNOX.)
9 5 7
Deployed for Fishery Protection
(Note: Patrols were carried out in
areas remote from the UK to follow the
practices by fishermen of all nations.
These included the Arctic Sea off
Icelandic waters as well as the North
Sea, Irish Sea and SW Approaches,
were determined in some cases by
the annual movement of types of fish.
Ships were also deployed for Home
Fleet service during NATO and other
9 5 4
Fishery Protection duties with MS5
ALGERINE Class minesweepers to be
replaced in Squadron by new Type 14
Frigates during 1958-9
During this period opposition to use
of Icelandic waters was increasing and
active opposition were evident. This
culminated in the 1st “Cod War” which
November Nominated for
reduction to Reserve with HMS WELCOME.
WELCOME had recently joined Squadron
after foreign service.)
December Paid-off and destored
prior to reduction of status.
9 5 8
Prepared for Reserve Fleet lay-up
Ships going into Reserve had their
main armament and upper-deck equipment
but this was not always carried out
prior to being laid-up and if so
until a routine period whilst in
F i n a l P h a s
HMS BRAMBLE remained in Reserve until placed on the
Disposal List in 1961. Although
offered for sale to Dominica in
place of FLOWER Class Corvettes, this
was not taken-up and ship was sold to
BISCO for demolition by King’s at
Gateshead . The ship arrived in tow at
the breaker’s yard during August 1961.
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