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Ukraine to receive two Sandown-class minehunters from UK.


| 2021

According to the press service of the Royal Navy, The British Navy has decommissioned two Sandown minehunters, which will later be handed over to the Ukrainian Navy
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 HMS Blyth (Picture source: Royal Navy)


Fifteen years after they formed the vanguard of the Royal Navy’s minehunting mission in the Gulf, Her Majesty’s Ships Ramsey and Blyth, were decomissioned on August 4. Both Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels have served extensively during careers spanning 21 years and 175,000 miles for Ramsey, 185,000 miles over 20 years for Blyth, supporting operations in the Middle East, around the UK or on NATO duties in northern European and Mediterranean waters.

Under the agreement signed with Britain, Ukraine will receive two minehunters, 52.5 meters long, 10.9 meters wide, and with a displacement of 660 tons. They are equipped with retractable sonar type 2093, which shows the position of mine-like objects for submersible submarines or divers. They will be the first ships of this class to be used to protect Ukrainian coastal waters from the dangers of mines.


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