Small but highly capable, the Seafox Mine Disposal System is the remotely operated submersible used by the Royal Navy to counter the threat of underwater explosives.
Seafox Mine Disposal System
The Seafox Mine Disposal system is an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) developed by Atlas Elektronik in partnership with Ultra Electronics for the Royal Navy in operation on both Hunt and Sandown class Mine Countermeasure Vessels.
The unit incorporates a remotely controlled surveillance system in order to identify a target, guided from the parent ship via fibre optic cables.
Once a mine has been identified, an expendable autonomous or remote guided unit is guided to the target and detonates a shaped charge. An identical, re-usable vehicle is used for training and identification purposes.
Four independent reversible motors and a hover thruster provide high manoeuvrability, allowing for exact placement prior to charge detonation. The Seafox is highly capable unit that seen action with the Royal Navy in recent conflicts clearing coastal waters in both Iraq and Libya.
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HMS Brocklesby, one of the Royal NavyÃ¢â¬â¢s Mine Counter-Measures Vessels, has destroyed a mine laid by pro-Qadhafi forces in the port of Mistrata on the Libyan coast.Image shows a mine tethered to the inflatable boat that was sunk to act as a Ã¢â¬Åquick setÃ¢â¬Â mooring for the mine.HMS Brocklesby is the fifth of the Royal Navy's eleven Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) and is a member of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron based at Portsmouth.HMS BrocklesbyÃ¢â¬â¢s primary role is mine-hunting. Her hull and most of the superstructure are constructed from GRP that is both non-magnetic and strong enough to withstand the explosive shocks likely to be encountered in a mine environment. The ship's noise signature has also been reduced to a minimum by tuning and matching all the main machinery and by taking great care with all resilient mountings.
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Pembroke's UUV in action
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