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HMS Cromer, after decommissioning, at Britannia Royal Naval College
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Cromer (M103)
Namesake: Cromer, Norfolk
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 6 October 1990
Commissioned: 7 April 1992
Decommissioned: 2001
Renamed: Hindostan in 2001
Status: Training ship
General characteristics
Class and type: Sandown-class minehunter
Displacement: 484 tons full
Length: 52.5 m
Beam: 10.9 m
Draught: 2.3 m
Speed: 13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric
Complement: 34 (7 officers, 27 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 1007 navigation radar
  • Type 2093 variable-depth mine hunting sonar
  • 1 × Oerlikon 30 mm KCB gun on DS-30B mount
  • 2 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG machine guns
  • Wallop Defence Systems Barricade Mk. III countermeasure launchers
  • Irvin Aerospace Replica Decoy launchers
  • Mine counter measures equipment:
  • 2 × ECA PAP 104 Mk.5 remotely controlled submarines (ROV)
  • ECA mine disposal system
  • Clearance divers

HMS Cromer is a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1992. She was named after the North Norfolk seaside town of the same name.

HMS Cromer visited Dundee on 6–9 November 1998 (for a Dundee navy day and Armistice Day commemorations) when she was accompanied by various warships from European countries including: Norwegian minelayer/command ship KNM Vidar, Norwegian minesweeper KNM Måløy, Dutch minehunter M 860 Hr.Ms. Schiedam, Belgian minehunter Crocus, Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose and German minesweeper Volkingen.

She was decommissioned in 2001 before being refitted for use as a training ship at the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. In keeping with tradition, for this role the ship has been renamed Hindostan. As she is not a commissioned ship she is not prefixed "HMS".