Mine warfare experts from HMS Shoreham have returned from the Gulf and are to re-train to use new automated minehunters and associated equipment.
The Royal Navy say here that the team from 1st Mine Countermeasures Squadron Crew 7 have completed numerous tours of duty in the Middle East either in HMS Shoreham or one of her Sandown-class sisters which spend three years at a time operating from Bahrain.
You can read more about the delivery of the new craft below.
“Controlled remotely either from a ship or command station on land, Hebe, Harrier and Hazard can be used to detect and classify mines or ordnance dumped in the sea – at speed, without putting sailors and a multi-million-pound warship in danger.
Under the recent Defence Command Plan, the Royal Navy has decided to gradually move to autonomous mine warfare technology. Instead of returning to take charge of another Sandown-class ship for UK-based operations the mine warfare specialists will get to grips with the new launches.”
“I am excited to be part of the first team to work with the new systems. I am looking forward to taking on the new challenges that it will present to me.”
The Royal Navy say in their news release that using the three new boats, he and other mine warfare experts can coordinate and control the boats or monitor autonomous offboard sensors.
You can read more from the Royal Navy itself here.