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  • 22 August 2016
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Discovered off the Dorset coast, England in 2014 after spending a century undiscovered, a rare steam fishing trawler fitted out as a mine sweeper for the Royal Navy during the First World War has been given special protection by British authorities. On the advice of Historic England, the Department for Culture Media and Sport protected the HMS Arfon […]

  • 27 November 2015
    Authorities

    The six ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) arrived in London for a routine port visit on Thursday, November 26, 2015. SNMCMG1 is visiting London as part of the Group’s deployment to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region. Under the command of the Royal Netherlands Navy Commander Peter Bergen […]

  • 29 June 2017
    Authorities

    NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) will be led by a Latvian Navy commander following a change of command ceremony at the Port of Riga on Thursday. Commander Johan-Elias Seljamaa of the Estonian Navy turned over command of the group after leading aboard the flagship, Estonian command and support ship ENS Wambola since Feb. 13, […]

  • 7 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Divers on board Royal Navy minehunter HMS Blyth have held the first dive of their Mediterranean deployment since leaving their home port of Faslane, Scotland.   The Sandown-class vessel has taken over from Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Brocklesby as part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2). This is the UK’s maritime commitment […]

  • 1 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy’s Scotland-based minehunter squadron has a new Commanding Officer. The First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (MCM1), which is based at HM Naval Base Clyde, operates a fleet of seven Sandown Class vessels each of them equipped with the latest in mine hunting technology. On June 21, outgoing Commanding Officer, Commander Tim Davey, handed-over the top […]

  • 1 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Estonian Navy minehunter EML Admiral Cowan received a series of upgrades during a dry dock period in Fife, Scotland, Babcock International – the company in charge of the upgrades announced. Admiral Cowan is the Estonian Navy flagship and the first of three Estonian Navy minehunter vessels scheduled to receive capability upgrades at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities. Under contract […]

  • 3 September 2014
    Authorities

    Under a blanket of police security and the watchful eyes of the crews of the two escorting RN P2000 craft, HMS Biter and HMS Express, the Latvian Navy’s Tripartite-class minehunter Viesturs, sailed into Cardiff Docks.   The first of six warships, she will be joined over the next two days by ships from the UK […]

  • 3 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    HMS Ramsey, a Royal Navy minehunting vessel joined her NATO counterparts in Kiel January 21 to practise mine countermeasure operations. The Sandown-class minehunter, usually based in Faslane, arrived in Kiel after first sailing through the famous 98-kilometre Kiel-canal. It took the ship 9 hours to complete the canal passage. Once in Kiel, the sailors attended the ceremony […]

  • 7 March 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Polish Navy minehunter ORP Wigry joined German Navy mine countermeasure ships from the Kiel-based 3rd Minesweeping Squadron for mine countermeasure drills in the Baltic Sea. German units taking part in the exercise included minehunters Datteln and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, minesweeper Pegnitz and tender Donau. In addition to supporting the ships during the drills, Donau also serves as the command platform for […]

  • 8 October 2013
    Training & Education

    Six Royal Navy and RFA ships, plus specialist dive teams and Fleet Air Arm squadrons joined their American counterparts in a major minehunting exercise in the Gulf. The joint workout – billed as the most extensive of its kind in several years – saw the two allies work together to clear a path through a […]

  • 14 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s minehunter HMS Hurworth paid a visit to Loch Ewe when it popped in to stock up on fuel and supplies during the biggest war games being run in the UK. During this visit, the vessel also managed to put a huge smile on the faces of two groups of youngsters aged five to 11 from Poolewe […]

  • 25 July 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s Frankenthal-class minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg will be joining NATO’ Standing Mine Counter Measure Group 1 (SNMCMG1) operating in the Baltic and North Seas, the German Navy has announced. The minehunter is set to depart its home port of Kiel, Germany, on July 28 to spend the following five months with the NATO maritime group. Sulzbach-Rosenberg […]

  • 20 November 2014
    Authorities

    Seven ships of Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), under command of Lithuanian Navy Commander Giedrius Premeneckas, arrived in London for a routine port visit. SNMCMG1 is visiting London as part of the Group’s deployment to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region. This marks the first time that the Lithuanian Navy […]

  • 3 November 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    UK’s Portsmouth-based minehunter, HMS Cattistock returns to service after a major life-extension upgrade. The re-dedication ceremony marking this occasion took place in Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday, Nov. 2. The upgrade, carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth, includes new engines and means that the minehunter can sail faster, stay at sea longer, and will extend the ship’s […]

  • 30 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    UK Navy’s HMS Grimsby has come to the end of a minehunting exercise led by the Spanish which saw her hunt dummy mines while coming under a variety of attack scenarios.   The Royal Navy minehunter represents the UK’s commitment to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) in the Mediterranean – and she […]

  • 29 September 2016
    Authorities

    German Navy minehunter FGS Datteln is set return to the navy base in Kiel on September 30 after a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Datteln is currently on its way back from the European Naval Force’s operation Sophia which is aimed at fighting against human smugglers and traffickers in the Central Mediterranean sea. Datteln departed Germany to join […]

  • 21 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Lithuanian-led historical ordnance disposal operation Open Spirit 2019 concluded on May 16 after two weeks of maneuvers. Open Spirit is an international maritime operation led on a rotating basis by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Lithuanian Navy led the operation in 2019 in coordination with the NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined […]

  • 29 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy’s minehunter ‘Duero’ (M-35) has returned to her home port of Cartagena after concluding her integration into the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2). The minehunter was deployed for two-months. It was the second contribution of Spain to this NATO MCM group after the deployment of the minehunter ‘Segura’ in July 2012. During her deployment the ‘Duero’ […]

  • 31 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Italian Navy-hosted mine countermeasure exercise MINEX 2019 concluded off the coast of Sicily on May 30 after 10 days of evolutions. In addition to Italian and Spanish MCM assets, the exercise was joined by NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2). The exercise was aimed at practicing command staff knowledge on mine warfare […]

  • 12 December 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg returned to its homeport in Kiel on December 12, concluding its NATO deployment. The minehunter spent the past five months as part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1. The group spent time training and clearing mines in areas ranging from Finland to France. During this time, FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg covered 10,000 […]

  • 16 July 2013
    Industry news

    Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation programme, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet. In a ceremony at the Klaipeda naval base, LNS Skalvis and LNS Kuršis were commissioned into the fleet. Former Royal Navy Hunt-class ships Dulverton and Cottesmore, the two warships are […]

  • 25 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    A 1000lb bomb has been located and destroyed by Royal Navy minehunter HMS Penzance in the Persian Gulf. Following a five-day exercise with her French and US counterparts designed to improve cooperation between the three nations, the British minehunter then worked with the French to find and blow up four pieces of historic ordnance scattered […]

  • 31 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The German Navy is sending its Frankenthal-class minehunter Homburg (M 1069) to participate in the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1). On Tuesday, September 4, the ship is scheduled to depart its Kiel homeport. Homburg, which belongs to the navy’s 3rd Minesweeping Squadron, will be part of SNMCMG 1 until December. Under […]

  • 25 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy’s minehunters ‘Segura’ and ‘Sella’ took part in Italian Navy’s Mine Countermeasures (MCM) exercise ITA MINEX-15 in the Gulf of La Spezia and the Ligurian Sea. The exercise brought together a total of 11 minehunters from six nations plus three EOD teams, three AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicle) and observers from 11 nations. The Spanish COMANDRAG-1 (Minesweepers […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities

    HMS Chiddingfold sailed from Portsmouth 9 June for the Gulf where she will spend three years protecting vital sea lanes.   Although the 42 crew on board the minehunter will rotate every six months, the ship will be based in Bahrain until 2017. Chiddingfold will work with three other UK minehunters conducting maritime security patrols […]

  • 9 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The crew of the Royal Australian Navy’s Huon class minehunter HMAS Yarra has paid a rare port call to the Indonesian trade centre of Makassar. Yarra was the first Royal Australian Navy vessel to visit Makassar since the opening of the Australian mission in the city this March. Australia is South Sulawesi’s second largest source […]

  • 14 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Belgium is joining the Netherlands in a naval acquisition that will see both countries invest around two billion euros for the replacement of M-frigates and Tripartite-class minehunters. As the Belgian news site VRT Deredactie reports, both countries will get two new frigates and six new mine warfare ships. Belgium will be in charge of the […]

  • 21 June 2018
    Authorities

    Royal Navy’s Portsmouth based minehunter HMS Brocklesby left her homeport June 19 to start a 6,000-mile journey to Bahrain, to take over from her sister ship HMS Middleton. The Hunt-class minehunter will form part of a four-strong permanent minehunter presence in the Gulf, working alongside coalition partners to provide reassurance to the region as well […]

  • 11 March 2013
    Training & Education

    If you ever wanted to know what the hole where a sonar on a minehunter is fitted looks like, allow diver Lt Cdr Ben Stait to demonstrate. This is the ‘moon pool’ of HMS Ramsey – the purposely-positioned hole in the Sandown-class ship’s hull through which the Variable Depth Sonar deploys. With the sonar removed […]