HMS Hurworth has once again proven its capabilities with the successful deployment of its Seafox Mine Disposal System.

In a recent tweet, the ship’s crew highlighted their capability to inspect, identify, and dispose of sea mines efficiently.

The Seafox system plays a critical role in maritime defence, involving meticulous inspection, identification, and safe disposal of underwater threats.

SeaFox is an anti-mine Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) manufactured by German company Atlas Elektronik. It is designed to locate and destroy ground and moored mines.

There are three versions, including a training version. The orange SeaFox-I “inspection” variant has sonar and an Inertial navigation system, and the black SeaFox-C “combat” round also has a 1.4 kilograms (3.1 lb) shaped charge warhead.

The system is in service with eleven navies.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_820310)
16 days ago

i still think that for all the talk of unmanned kit the man ed MCM ship trumps all

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_820321)
16 days ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

A few speed boats can’t complete with mine ships. Both working together is probably the future. I know they have these new large work boats to test out but one concern I have is their ability to take battle damage.
I’m going to hope the navy know what they are doing.

Combat_wombat
Combat_wombat (@guest_820356)
16 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

They are still mineships, they are just removing the human component from the boat at sea. Trust me when I say they are very good. It’s the same theory as using human controlled drones, take the pilot away from the immediate potential danger and reduce risk all round, at least you have the luxury of picking and choosing when to send a manned boat into a danger zone

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_820386)
16 days ago
Reply to  Combat_wombat

I’m glad they are good and I’m hopeful it’s a great solution to mine warfare

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_820345)
16 days ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

These Unmanned systems are the future Andy. Possibly in many areas. Mines are a logical place to start.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_820322)
16 days ago

Anyone seen any news on the 2 mine hunters that crashed in the gulf?

Jon
Jon (@guest_820327)
16 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Are you talking about Chiddingfold backing into Bangor a few months back? Somebody here or in Navy Lookout said he’d heard they were going to repair Bangor even though it was the last Sandown in RN service and due to be decommissioned next year anyway. I can only assume for onward sale. Chiddingfold is recently back in service according to The (Portsmouth) News.

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Gunbuster
Gunbuster (@guest_820351)
16 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

I was looking at Bangor from around 20m away yesterday! Chid is checked and is OK. Bangor- they are I understand wanting to repair her. The repair process for the GRP repair is being formalised by the UK Nav Arcs and GRP repair specialists. There are a few methods under consideration on how to achieve it. DEFSTAN 02-752 is the driver on how to do the repair (Good read by the way!) She will need to be drydocked to do it. Still waiting for the BOE to report before I comment further but I will say it’s going to be… Read more »

Hugo
Hugo (@guest_820376)
16 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Wouldn’t it be money better spent revamping the 2 sandowns in Portsmouth for sale. Unless they’re going to repair Bangor and extended its service it seems like it’ll just be sold

Gunbuster
Gunbuster (@guest_820717)
15 days ago
Reply to  Hugo

The Sandowns are all looking to be sold. Lots of allies use them. Its a good move for UKPLC as the support contracts for onboard equipment feeds back to the UK, especially the Sonar .

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_820390)
16 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

That’s good news. It seems the sandowns are popular for allies so probably a repair and sale job.
I’m not sure our choices in reading material are the same 😂😂😂

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker (@guest_820391)
16 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Oh, any news on what actually happened to cause the crash?

Gunbuster
Gunbuster (@guest_820718)
15 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

I know the reasons why it, in all likelihood, happened.
I will wait until the BOE reports.