The Sandown class is a class of minehunter originally built for the British Royal Navy (RN). Sandown-class vessels also serve with the Royal Saudi Navy and the Estonian Navy (Merevägi).
vessel commissioned into RN service on June 9, 1989 and all the
British ships are named after coastal towns and cities.
were built for the RN and three ships were exported to Saudi Arabia. Three
RN vessels were decommissioned following the Strategic Defence Review
in 2003; HMS Sandown (January 2005), Inverness (April 2005) and Bridport (July 2004). A further ship, HMS Cromer, was decommissioned
and transferred to a training role at the Britannia Royal Naval
College in Dartmouth, England in 2001 as Hindostan.