Kirkliston M1137


M 1157

Kirkliston used to have a divers Helmet mounted on her Bridge Screen

KIRKLISTON, was the first of the ‘TONS’ to be converted to a minehunting role in 1964. The work was carried out in Portsmouth. She wore a divers helmet on her bridge screen, as did all of the ‘hunter’ conversions initially.

HMS KIRKLISTON          Pennant No. M 1157

Laid Down:  3rd February 1953                         

Built by: Harland & Wolff

Completed: 21st August 1954    

Time to Build:  18 Months

Transferred: 25th October 1954 to 101st (RNVR) MSS as KILMOREY based Belfast

Converted: To Minehunter 1962-1964 at Chatham

Years Fully Operational: 26 year

Outline of Operational Career

25th October 19 54 Arrived Belfast as tender to Ulster RNR

1954-1960 Home waters as RNR Ulster Tender

August 1960 Reverted to RN. Conversion to Deltic Engines.

7th May 1962 Commissioned for 50th MSS based Portland

1st October 1962 50th MSS renamed 3rd MSS

22nd November 1962 Decommissioned for conversion at Chatham

October 1964 Joined 1st Minehunting Squadron at Port Edgar as SO

1966 Joined 6th MSS based Singapore

1970 Moved base to Hong Kong

22nd May 72 Sailed for UK – arrived Portsmouth 29 Aug 72

Joined the 1st MCMS at Port Edgar Oct 72-Oct 73  Long Refit at Gibraltar (No Ships Company)

1973-1982 Transferred to 10 MCMS for Forth Division. 1st RNR M/H

1983-1985      Allocated to 2nd MCMS based Portsmouth                                              

Significant Events:                     

18th July 67 Holed below waterline while recovering a steel US aircraft bombing target. 3 months repairs at Singapore.

September-October 1968 Deployment to NE Australia (Mackay & Cairns)

October-December 1984 Operation HARLING in Red Sea

Paid Off: 5th December 1985    

Disposal: 20 Oct 91 to Brugse Scheepssloperj, Bruges , for b/u


One Response to Kirkliston M1137

  1. I was on the Kirkliston on its first commission from UK to the far east , I was the Buffer ( Graham Hill ) pleased to hear from any of the first comm KIRKLISTON crew , Do you remember Woolie ?all the best Buffer

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