Linnet-class minelayer

HMS Ringdove
Class overview
Name: Linnet
Operators:  Royal Navy
In service: 1938
In commission: 1938 - 1964
Completed: 3
Active: 0
Lost: 1
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Minelayer
Displacement: 498 tons standard
  • 145 ft (44 m) (p/p)
  • 163 ft 9 in (49.91 m) (o/a)
Beam: 27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Triple expansion engine
  • 1 shaft
  • 400 hp (300 kW)
Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h)
Complement: 24
Armament: None

The Linnet class were a class of three small coastal minelayers commissioned into the Royal Navy just before the Second World War.


The Linnet class were the largest of a dozen specialized vessels known as Indicator Loop Mine Layers built for the Royal Navy immediately before and during the Second World War. These vessels were designed to lay controlled mines, used in coastal defences, as well as anti-submarine indicator loops. Similar vessels known as mine planters were operated by the US Army during the same era.



  1. "Royal Navy Harbour Defences - Hong Kong", Indicator Loops


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