Two Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels Ramsey and Blyth of the Royal Navy have officially completed their service in the ranks of the Royal Navy and will be transferred to Ukraine.
This was reported by the press service of the British Royal Navy.
"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," the Royal Navy notes.
These two vessels will be replaced with autonomous/uncrewed boats at the initiative of Project Wilton introducing minehunting systems.
"Blyth and Ramsey will enjoy their new life in the Black Sea. After the completion of the repairs, both vessels will be transferred to the Ukrainian Navy," the British Navy stresses.
The Sandown type minehunters are a type of British-built mine countermeasures ships in service with the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Estonia. The only purpose of the vessels of the type is to search for and destroy sea mines using remotely controlled search vehicles. Minesweepers of this type do not have devices for the minesweeping.