The United Kingdom is writing off two minesweepers for further transfer to Ukraine
In the Scottish city of Rosight on August 4, it is planned to officially decommission two anti-mine ships of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom type Sandown.
These are HMS Ramsey (M110) and HMS Blyth (M111). Probably these are the minesweepers Ukraine buys for its Navy.
It will be recalled that on June 21, 2021, in Odessa, aboard the destroyer of the Royal Navy HMS Defender D36, a Memorandum on the implementation of maritime partnership projects between the industry consortium of the United Kingdom and the Ukrainian Navy was signed . The document covers the construction of two bases, the sale of two minesweepers, eight rocket boats and the modernization of Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises.
HMS Ramsey was launched in 1999, in service since 2000. HMS Blyth was launched in 2000, in service since 2001. Both were built by Vosper Thornycrof.
These ships are designed to search for and destroy sea mines using remote-controlled search engines and do not have devices for trawling mines.
A pair of diesels of 1523 hp accelerate the ship to 13 knots. There is also an electric motor for silent running. The minesweepers are armed with a 30-mm Mark 44 Bushmaster II cannon, three six-barrel 7.62-mm Minigan machine guns and a pair of general-purpose machine guns. The ships are equipped with radars and mine search systems, including a powerful sonar.
Before selling to Ukraine, minesweepers are modernized and equipped with modern equipment.
Brief technical characteristics (TTX) of minesweepers of the “Sandown” type:
- Displacement: 484 tons (full)
- Length – 52.5 meters
- Width – 10.5 meters
- Precipitation – 2.3 meters
- Speed - up to 13 knots on a diesel, up to 6.5 knots on an electric installation
- Crew – up to 40 people
- Armament – 1×30-mm remote-controlled module, machine guns
- Special equipment – automated mine control system Atlas Elektronik IMCMS, towed GAS, mine search devices
The UK plans to gradually replace all “mine hunters” such as Sandown with remotely controlled or autonomous systems based on small boats.
It should be noted that after the occupation of the Crimea, of the minesweepers in the Ukrainian Navy, only the raid minesweeper “Genichesk” (M360) of the project 1258E, built in 1984, remained. Two 266M naval minesweepers, Chernihiv (U310) and Cherkasy (U311), built in 1974 and 1977, remained in the Russian-occupied Crimea.
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