The military vessels of Her Majesty Ramsey and Blyth, which fulfilled the mission of the Royal Navy on the searching for mines in the Persian Gulf for 15 years, will be passed to the Ukrainian Navy as the British Navy reported.
“The ships are being replaced by the expanding Project Wilton drive to introduce autonomous/uncrewed boats and systems into minehunting – an initiative being pioneered at Faslane where three boats are already in service. Blyth and Ramsey meanwhile will enjoy a fresh lease of life in the Black Sea. Once further work is completed on the two vessels, they’ll be transferred to the Ukrainian Navy,” the message says.
Two sister ships were decommissioned in Rosyth on August 4.
Both Sandown-class minehunters served for 21 years and 175,000 miles for Ramsey, 185,000 miles over 20 years for Blyth. They participated in the operations in the Middle East, around the UK or on NATO duties in northern European and Mediterranean waters.
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