MCMV

Mine Counter Measure Vessels

The small, but perfectly formed ships boast glass-reinforced plastic hulls to conceal their presence from the threat of sea-mines. These ships clear the way of mines to allow safe passage for larger forces, swiftly detecting and destroying any hidden dangers.

Sandown Class

The seven Sandown-class minehunters are based in Scotland. The staff and ships of Mine Counter Measures squadron 1 (MCM1) can be found deployed on minehunters in the Northern Gulf, or busy in NATO exercises with other nation's, or working around the British Coastline, protecting our shores and clearing the old ordinance that remains as a legacy of previous wars.

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  • Sandown Class
  • Seafox Mine Disposal Sysytem

    Seafox Mine Disposal Sysytem Guided mine disposal

    The Seafox Mine Disposal System is the remotely operated submersible used to identify the threat of underwater explosives via fibre optic cables from the parent ship.

    Once a mine has been found the unit is guided to the target and will detonate a shape charge.

    Four independent reversible motors provide high manoeuvrability, allowing for exact placement prior to detonation.

     

  • DS30B 30mm Gun

    DS30B 30mm Gun Remote fully automated mount

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives. 

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

Hunt Class

The Hunt-class live up to their name by using high definition sonar, they hunt the world's seabeds for mines and lost explosives which are then destroyed by the Hunt-class ship's own clearance diving teams or the Sea-fox mine-disposal system.

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  • Hunter Class
  • Seafox Mine Disposal System

    Seafox Mine Disposal System Guided mine disposal

    The Seafox Mine Disposal System is the remotely operated submersible used to identify the threat of underwater explosives via fibre optic cables from the parent ship.

    Once a mine has been found the unit is guided to the target and will detonate a shape charge.

    Four independent reversible motors provide high manoeuvrability, allowing for exact placement prior to detonation.

     

  • DS30B 30mm Gun

    DS30B 30mm Gun Remote fully automated mount

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives. 

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

operations NATO MCM Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working.

operations Kipion MCMV

In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf. The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

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Fact

The hulls are made from glass-reinforced plastic due to the threat of sea-mines