MMS 25, Built at Frank Curtis, Looe. Completed July 1941, Sold November 1945.

OFFICERS from Navy List August 1942.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., H. Lamberton, 23 June 41.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., W. L. M. Merrett, 18 Mar 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List June 1943. Navy List. Officers.
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, B. H. E. Pounds.  27 Oct 42
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNZNVR, J. A. Childs. 7 Mar 43.

OFFICERS from Navy List Dec. 1943.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, G. Warren. (In Command) 30 Oct 43
Temp. Act. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, H. F. Bantick. 17 Sep 43.

OFFICERS from Navy List June. 1944.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, G. Warren. (In Command) 30 Oct 43
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, H. F. Bantick. 17 Sep 43.

OFFICERS from Navy List January 1945.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, G. Warren. (In Command) 30 Oct 43
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, H. F. Bantick. 17 Sep 43.

OFFICERS from Navy List July 1945.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, G. Warren. (In Command) 30 Oct 43
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, H. F. Bantick. 17 Sep 43.

Motor Minesweeper's were purpose built, wooden, shallow draft, minesweepers with both SA and LL sweeping capabilities. SA is Sweep Acoustic, a device similar to a Kanga Hammer which makes a loud thumping noise which exploded the acoustic mine. LL (double L) is a pair of electric cables which are towed parallel to each other on floats and emit a strong electric pulse which generates a magnetic field which detonated the magnetic mine.

Four Hundred and two Motor Minesweeper were built for the Royal Navy between 1940 and 1945.

Admiralty type; 1 to 118 and 123 to 313
Displacement      165 Tons
Length:                 105 Feet (32 metres)
Beam:                   23 Feet (7 metres)
Draft:                    9 feet 6 inches. (2.9 Metres)
Engine:                 Diesel. 500 BHP.
Speed:                  12.65 Miles per hour. (11 knots)
Complement:      20 Officers and men.
Armament:          Two 20 mm Anti-aircraft guns
                              Two machine guns.

MMS 25

Watch these short videos about the Wildfire III Minesweepers.
Minesweepers:
https://youtu.be/aTsYiZFzv5M
D-day minesweepers:
https://youtu.be/ZjlA5LxCAsg
Clearing the Scheldt:
https://youtu.be/8ELsc9T3Lbw
The Relief of Holland:
https://youtu.be/GghYEFHmOfY

Motor Minesweeper MMS 25 would have looked the same as her sister ship, MMS 192. Note, the Acoustic “hammer” on the bow in the up position used to sweep for acoustic mines and the drum on the stern for the LL cables used to detonate magnetic mines. 

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