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HMS Cottesmore (M32)
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Cottesmore
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Launched: 9 February 1982[1]
Sponsored by: Lady Buchanon, wife of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Buchanon
Commissioned: 24 June 1983
Decommissioned: September 2005
Identification: Pennant number: M32
Career (Lithuania)
Name: Skalvis
Operator: Lithuanian Naval Force
Acquired: 2008
Commissioned: 2011
Identification: Pennant number: M53
Fate: In active service
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel
Displacement: 750 tons
Length: 60 m
Beam: 9.8 m
Draught: 2.2 m
Propulsion: 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesel, 3,540 shp
Speed: 17 knots
Complement: 45 (6 officers & 39 ratings)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar Type 2193
Armament:
  • 30mm automatic small calibre gun
  • 2 × Mk44 minigun
  • 3 × 7.62mm general purpose machine guns

Mine counter measures equipment:

  • SeaFox mine disposal system
  • Diver-placed explosive charges

HMS Cottesmore was a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel of the British Royal Navy, launched in 1982 and converted in 1997 into a patrol vessel. The ship was declared surplus to requirement and put on the MoD list for disposal in 2004. In 2008 she was bought by Lithuania, along with Dulverton.

Lieutenant Commander His Royal Highness The Duke of York commanded Cottesmore from April 1993 until November 1994.

She was decommissioned by the Royal Navy in September 2005. The ship's bell and other memorabilia were presented to the village of Cottesmore, Rutland.

The ship entered service with the Lithuanian navy as M53 Skalvis. Thales was the prime contractor to upgrade the vessels with a technologically-advanced minehunting system including the hull-mounted Sonar 2193 system, propulsion, command and control systems, and mine disposal systems.[2][3]

References

  1. Hunt Class Minesweepers
  2. "Lithuanian Navy Hunt Class Commissioning" Press release published 5 June 2013
  3. "Thales reactivates minehunters for Lithuanian Navy" Thales press release published 15 July 2013


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