Germany Leads International MCM Exercise

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – On March 15th, the Baltic Mine Countermeasures Squadron Exercise began. Five NATO partners are practicing mine defense under German leadership. The 3rd minesweeping squadron from Kiel has divided the mine-hunting boats “Fulda”, “Bad Rappenau” and “Grömitz” for the maneuver. The tender “Elbe” from the support squadron accompanies the exercise as a flagship and lead…

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International Baltic Sea Exercise

March 12, 2021 (Google Translation) – Mine hunting in the Baltic Sea – around 150 marines from Kiel will face this task over the next few weeks. On Monday, March 15, 2021 at 9:30 am, the anti-mine boats “Fulda”, “Bad Rappenau” and “Grömitz” will leave their home port. Accompanied by the “Elbe” tender from the support squadron as flagship and…

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ECA Group’s INSPECTOR 125-class USV for MCMV Program

March 4, 2021 – Within their Mine Countermeasures capability replacement programme, the Belgian and the Royal Netherlands navies chose the INSPECTOR 125-class USV. At the heart of the MCM mission and the centerpiece of the naval drone system, the INSPECTOR 125 combines all advantages of a sea proven and robust solution with many innovative functions. The INSPECTOR 125 USV has…

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Mine warfare: 60th Operation DAMIER

February 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – In the Brest harbor and its approaches, the 60th national mine warfare operation DAMIER was carried out despite demanding weather conditions. Under the command of CECLANT and the Mine Warfare Staff (FRMARFOR / MW), the mine hunters, the sonar towing vessels, the group of Atlantic mine clearance divers, the Preparation and Mine Warfare Operations…

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MAN 175D Hybrid-Propulsion Packages for Indonesian Navy Minehunters

February 10, 2021 – German yard, Abeking & Rasmussen, has announced that it has begun the construction of two minehunting vessels for the Indonesian Navy. Each vessel will feature a complete MAN hybrid propulsion package, with: 2 × MAN 12V175D-MM engines delivering 2,220 kW at 1,900 rpm an MAN Alpha CPP twin screw-propeller system including Alphatronic 3000 propulsion-control system for efficient…

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Thales NS50 Radar to Equip New Belgium & Dutch MCM Vessels

January 20, 2021 – The navies of Belgium and the Netherlands rely on Thales, Naval Group and KERSHIP shipyard to equip the 12 next generation Mine Counter Measures Vessels with NS50 radars for Air & Surface Surveillance with Fire Control capabilities. The NS50 provides for the first time a complete and superior level of self-protection capability against air and surface…

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ROK Navy to Develop an Autonomous Underwater MCM System

December 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (Director Wang Jeong-hong) signed a contract with LIG Nex1 to develop an underwater autonomous mine probe system worth about 12 billion won. The underwater autonomous mine searcher system development is a project to develop a domestic technology for an underwater robot that autonomously searches for mines installed in the…

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