Surcouf Trains in Shallow Water MCM During Dynamic Mariner 20

October 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – As part of its participation in the NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner 2020, the La Fayette (FLF) -type frigate Surcouf embarks for several days a detachment of the group of Mediterranean clearing divers (GPD MED) belonging to the Navy. national and mine warfare specialists from the Belgian Navy. Uncommon on an FLF whose main mission…

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ECA Group to Modernize Latvian Minehunters

September 28 2020 – ECA Group has been awarded a contract worth more than 20 million euros for the modernization of three mine countermeasures vessels belonging to the Latvian navy. Following an international contest, ECA Group has been awarded a contract worth more than 20 million euros for the modernization of three mine countermeasures vessels belonging to the Latvian Naval…

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L’Aigle Countermining Operations North of Cherbourg 

September 18, 2020 (Google Translation) – The tripartite mine hunter (CMT) L ‘ Aigle has been deployed in the north of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin since September 12, 2020. The building intervenes within the framework of the security of the metropolitan maritime approaches, and in particular of the surveillance of the accesses of the main commercial ports, in order to permanently guarantee the…

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Kraken to Supply Minehunting Systems to Polish Navy

September 8, 2020 — Kraken Robotics Inc., Canada’s Ocean Company, is pleased to announce that on September 1st, it signed a contract to supply minehunting systems to the Polish Navy. As part of this contract, Kraken will deliver its KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) in the second half of 2021. Kraken’s…

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SANDY COAST 20: Securing Maritime Approaches

September 4, 2020 (Google Translation) – From August 31 to September 11, 2020, the Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) L’Aigle is deployed in the North Sea as part of the second component “securing maritime approaches” of NATO’s combined operational training Sandy Coast 20 . This new phase of the exercise features the deployment of a multinational force which must allow the…

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Navy Awards First USV Family of Systems Contract Delivery Orders

August 28, 2020 – The Navy has awarded the first delivery orders from the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity – Multiple Award Contract (IDIQ-MAC) to support the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Family of Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Aug 28. Advanced Acoustics Concepts LLC, Arete Associates Inc., Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., and Peraton Inc. were awarded fixed-price contracts on…

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SNMCMG1 Rids Norwegian Fjord of Mines

August 19, 2020 – Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) has concluded a historical ordnance disposal operation, enhancing knowledge about the seabed by working in Norwegian waters and contributing to the Norwegian compiled historic ordnance database. Conducted between 4-12 August, 2020 in Lofoten and Tromso areas, eight historical mines were identified, among 147 mine-like objects. In total two…

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US Navy, JMSDF Complete Exercise 2JA

July 29, 2020 – Mine warfare forces from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 2JA 2020 in Mutsu Bay, Japan, July 23. “This year’s MIWEX 2JA was another rewarding exercise with our Japanese partners,” said Capt. Derek Brady, Commodore of Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven. “The dedication of all who were involved was…

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New RAN Minehunting Drone Trials Craft

Photo and text by Chris Sattler The RAN is presently attempting to bring into service – along with its contractor Thales – a ‘grab bag’ of deployable systems under Project 1778 ( Task Group MCM Phase 1) consisting of three medium sized ‘Bluefin 12’ autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), four smaller ‘Bluefin 9’ AUVs, five Steber 12 meter boats (based on…

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