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HMS Enterprise (H88)

HMS Enterprise
HMS Enterprise in Dartmouth, 2008
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Enterprise
Ordered: 19 June 2000[1]
Builder: Appledore Shipbuilders
Launched: 2 May 2002[1]
Sponsored by: Lady Sally Forbes
Commissioned: 17 October 2003[1]
Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
  • Latin:Spes aspera levat
  • ("Hope lightens difficulties")
Status: in active service, as of 2016
  • On a Field Red, a lion rampant under a star Silver
  • Ship's badge
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Echo-class survey vessel
Displacement: 3,740 t (3,680 long tons; 4,120 short tons)
Length: 90.6 m (297 ft 3 in)
Beam: 16.8 m (55 ft 1 in)
Draught: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Range: 9,300 nmi (17,200 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 35 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Survey motor boat
Complement: 72
Sensors and
processing systems:
Integrated survey system[N 1]

HMS Enterprise, the tenth ship to bear this name, is a multi-role survey vessel - hydrographic oceanographic (SVHO) of the Royal Navy. She has a sister ship, HMS Echo, and together they make up the Echo class of survey vessels.


  • Design 1
  • Role 2
  • Construction 3
  • Manning 4
  • Operational history 5
    • 2004 Mediterranean deployment 5.1
    • 2005 Middle East deployment 5.2
    • 2007 West Africa deployment 5.3
    • 2009 Africa and Gulf deployment 5.4
    • 2014 Libya evacuation 5.5
    • 2015 Mediterranean rescue deployment 5.6
  • Affiliations 6
  • Notes 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Echo and Enterprise are the first Royal Navy ships to be fitted with azimuth thrusters. Both azimuth thrusters and the bow thruster can be controlled through the integrated navigation system by a joystick providing high manoeuvrability. Complete control and monitoring for power generation and propulsion, together with all auxiliary plant systems, tank gauging and damage control functions is provided through the integrated platform management system (IPMS), accessible through workstations around the ship.


Enterprise and her sister ship are designed to conduct survey operations in support of submarines or amphibious operations. She can provide almost real-time tailored environmental information, and also has a secondary role as a mine countermeasure tasking authority platform, for which she is capable of embarking a dedicated mine counter measures command team.[3]


Built by Appledore Shipbuilders under the prime contractor Vosper Thornycroft, Enterprise was launched on 27 April 2002, officially named by the ship's sponsor, Lady Sally Forbes, at her naming ceremony on 2 May 2002, and commissioned on 18 October 2003.[4] She is designed and built to Lloyd's Naval Ship Rules.


Enterprise‍ '​s crew consists of 72 personnel, with 48 on board at any one time, working a cycle of 75 days on, 30 days off. The ship can accommodate 81 personnel if necessary. The ship is operationally available 330 days a year.[5] In support of this high availability, all accommodation and recreational facilities are designed for an unusual (in a warship) degree of comfort. All personnel share double cabins with private facilities, except the captain and executive officer who both have single cabins.[6]

Operational history

2004 Mediterranean deployment

Her first operational overseas deployment was to the Mediterranean in October 2004, returning to Devonport in April 2005. She participated in a NATO exercise and conducted oceanographic and hydrographic survey.[4]

2005 Middle East deployment

She sailed in September 2005 to conduct survey operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. She also conducted a collaborative hydrographic survey with the Saudi military.[4]

2007 West Africa deployment

In 2007 Enterprise deployed for 19 months to West Africa, South Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. While in the Gulf she worked off the coast of Iraq in support of the UK and Iraqi governments.[4]

2009 Africa and Gulf deployment

Enterprise deployed in June 2009 for two years on an extended deployment to West Africa spending three months there before travelling through the Mediterranean to begin operations east of Suez later in the year.[7] She returned to Devonport on 10 June 2011, having covered over 50,000 miles (80,000 km) during the deployment.[8]

2014 Libya evacuation

Enterprise was dispatched to Libya in August 2014 to evacuate 110 British citizens and diplomatic staff due to the increasing violence in the country.[9]

2015 Mediterranean rescue deployment

In June 2015 Enterprise replaced HMS Bulwark in the mission to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.[10]


Enterprise is affiliated with 'D' (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Squadron Royal Wessex Yeomanry and the town of Tiverton, Devon, which includes the freedom of the city with the ship's company able to march through the town with flags flying whilst bearing arms. They are also affiliated with two Sea Cadet units, one of them a local unit in Tiverton, TS Hermes. The other being Airdrie and Coatbridge Sea Cadets, TS Enterprise.[11] She is also the affiliated ship of Reading Blue Coat School (RBCS) CCF Navy Section and the Worshipful Company of Cutlers.[12]


  1. ^ Side-scan sonar; multi-beam echo sounder; single-beam echo sounder; undulating oceanographic profiler; doppler current log; sub-bottom profiler; bottom sampling equipment


  1. ^ a b c d Jane's Fighting Ships, 2004-2005. Jane's Information Group Limited. p. 815. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1.
  2. ^ "Royal Navy Bridge Card, September 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ Echo', ship of the month" – HMS Echoes of a varied history". Navy News. May 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d at the Royal Navy website (archived at the National Archives)"Enterprise"HMS . Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Enterprise"Navy's new survey ship named . The Defence Procurement Agency Press Office. 2002-05-02. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Hydrographic Vessels Operation and Support at the Royal Navy website". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  7. ^ "Three Royal Naval Ships Deploy To Iraq and Africa - Royal Navy website". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Royal Navy rescues Brits from conflict-hit Libya".  
  10. ^ Travis, Alan (27 July 2015). "HMS Bulwark's replacement yet to rescue any migrants in Mediterranean". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  11. ^ officially commissioned"Enterprise"Tiverton's HMS . Truro Packet. 24 October 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  12. ^ - Affiliations at the Royal Navy website"Enterprise"HMS . Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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