Royal Navy Nearing IOC for MCM USV Operations

January 13, 2020 – Unmanned mine hunters and survey technology will soon be on frontline duties with the Royal Navy. Specialist autonomous kit has now been handed over into military service and will be on live operations from March. Sailors trained in this of type mission will be stationed at HMNB Clyde, where the remotely operated kit, including submersibles and…

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Royal Navy Persian Gulf MCM Force Marks 10th Anniversary

November 20, 2019 – Few units have been busier and endured more punishing climatic conditions on a regular basis than the five-strong ‘flotilla’ under the direction of the UK Mine Counter-Measures Force, operating in the Gulf since the autumn of 2009. The Royal Navy has maintained a permanent mine warfare force in Bahrain since 2007 when it dispatched two Sandown-class…

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LCS Mission Module Program Office Completes At-Sea Demonstration of GARC/TALONS System

November 25, 2019 – The Navy completed a demonstration of the Greenough Advanced Rescue Craft (GARC) and Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS), the service announced Nov. 25. The GARC/TALONS prototype is being evaluated to provide enhanced communication ranges for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package that could reduce the time to clear a minefield.…

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Multinational Mine Warfare force clears the sea

October 22, 2019 – Joining units from the Republic of Korea Navy and the United States Navy, HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne have sailed to participate in the 2019 Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) being conducted in the waters off South Korea. This is only the second time Royal Australian Navy Minehunters have contributed to MIWEX and the first time…

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Franco-Estonian counter-mining operation in the Baltic Sea

October 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – After participating in a Baltic Sea NATO exercise aimed at enhancing Allied interoperability while contributing to Alliance assurance measures in this region, the Southern Cross mine-fighter building conducted a bilateral co-operation action with the Estonian Navy from 23 to 25 September. On this occasion, an Estonian liaison officer boarded three days on board. The…

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NSWC Panama City Supports MCM Demonstration

October 2, 2019 – As the lead engineering activity for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Packages (MP), the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) provided equipment, personnel, and expertise to demonstrate the modular capability of the MCM MP aboard USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) earlier this month. The demo included embarkation of the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface…

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Vladimir Emelyanov Begins Sea Trials

September 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – The latest mine defense ship Vladimir Emelyanov, built for the Russian Navy at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg, began factory sea trials. The crew’s readiness to provide factory sea trials, and then state tests of the ship, was reported to the Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Evmenov. Factory sea trials and state tests…

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Navy Tests Mine Countermeasures on USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

September 19, 2019 – USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) recently completed a three-day voyage in the Chesapeake Bay to test an anti-mine system. The Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship used the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package portable control station to maneuver the MCM equipment and the launch and recovery equipment, as well as to test the…

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NATO Exercise Dynamic Move 2019 hosted by Mine Countermeasure Force Command

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – Started September 2, Dynamic Move 2019 saw the participation of military and civilians from 16 countries. Throughout the period the training audience was continuously tested in conducting a mine countermeasure operation in a multiminaccia environment. Using an elaborate simulation software, highly realistic training solutions were proposed, dynamically modifying the planned sequence of scheduled events…

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Dutch Navy Clears Legacy Mines from Wind Farm Site

August 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee of the Royal Netherlands Navy cleared 5 mines on the North Sea this week. The explosives were found during preparatory work for a new offshore wind farm. This ‘Borssele Windfarm’ is located 25 miles off the coast of Vlissingen. The construction of the wind farm is planned for the beginning of October.…

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US Navy’s Knifefish UUV Program Achieves Milestone C

August 27, 2019 – The Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) granted Milestone C approval to the Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Program. The decision clears the way for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the system, PEO USC announced Aug. 23. The Navy is expected to award a LRIP contract to Knifefish prime contractor…

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HMS Ramsey Returns from SNMCMG1

August 12, 2019 – HMS Ramsey has returned home following a four-month NATO deployment. The HMNB Clyde-based Sandown- class minehunter was working with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) in the Baltic and North Sea. Throughout the deployment, HMS Ramsey and her 40-strong crew have conducted maritime security, historical ordnance disposal and multinational exercises alongside the UK’s NATO maritime…

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French Minister of the Armed Forces Pleased With Dutch/Belgian Equipment Choices

April 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the offer of the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, bringing together French industrials Naval Group and ECA Robotics, to renew the capacity of the Belgian and Dutch navies against submarine mines. The minister welcomes this cooperation of three active countries for a stronger defense Europe. This…

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