Lowe tells of one incident in which a contact mine, tangled in minesweeping
cables, had to be pulled alongside the ship so some steel-nerved sailor might cut it free by hand.
ISLAMABAD -- Iranian researchers at the Islamic Azad University, Yazd Branch, Central Iran, have designed and developed three types of military, rescue and minesweeping
robots to boost control over borders.
They took part in vital minesweeping
and convoy escort duties on the Western Approaches from the town.
Their ARCIMS (ATLAS Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping
System) "provides a toolbox of capabilities for multi-influence minesweeping
Various other naval accidents reported in recent months included a submarine running aground in Mumbai's harbour, fires on a minesweeping
vessel and an aircraft carrier, and a collision between a frigate and a fishing boat.
In addition to minesweeping
and flying drones, the event also included escorting ships and protecting offshore terminals that oil and gas exporters in the Gulf rely on.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March a permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean was needed to defend Russia's interests in the region.A senior defence ministry official said the Mediterranean task force's command and control agencies would be based either in Novorossiysk, Russia, or in Sevastopol, Ukraine.Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, head of Russia's parliamentary defence committee, previously told RIA Novosti that the Mediterranean task force should be comprised of ten warships and support vessels as part of several tactical groups tasked with attack, antisubmarine warfare and minesweeping
.The Soviet Union maintained its fifth Mediterranean Squadron from 1967 until 1992.
In addition to minesweeping
and flying drones, this year's event will also include escorting ships and protecting offshore terminals that oil and gas exporters in the Gulf rely on.
Vice Admiral John Miller, commander of the US Fifth Fleet, said yesterday that a massive naval minesweeping
exercise involving 41 countries was not directed at Iran.
An international environment conservation group yesterday urged the US Navy to do the right thing and finance the restoration and continued protection of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park after its minesweeping
vessel ran aground in the area two weeks ago.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force joined a U.S.-led minesweeping
exercise in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula in September as Iran has repeatedly threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation against economic sanctions imposed by western countries to pressure Tehran to end its nuclear development program.
The Exelis multiple-influence sweep systems are towed at high speeds through deep-ocean and littoral waters by helicopters, minesweeping
ships or are remotely operated during mine-clearance operations, the company said