Ukrainian Naval Forces begin recruiting crew for future Sandown class minehunters

According to information published by Ukrainian Military Portal on November 19, 2021, the Ukrainian Naval forces begins the recruitment of candidates to form crew for future Sandown class minehunters.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Memorandum of Implementation (MOI) between the United Kingdom and Ukraine (Picture source: Ubmedee)

The Sandown class is a class of fifteen minehunters built primarily for the Royal Navy by Vosper Thornycroft. The Sandown class also serves with the Royal Saudi Navy and the Estonian Navy.

The first vessel was commissioned into Royal Navy service on 9 June 1989 and all the British ships are named after coastal towns and cities. They have a secondary role as offshore patrol vessels.

Ships of the Sandown-class had a hull constructed from glass-reinforced plastic, and equipment on-board have a low magnetic signature. While under normal circumstances, the ship operates on diesel engines, when operating near mines she uses an electric drive system.

In addition to the bow thrusters, she is also equipped with a Voith Schneider cyclorotor. Further anti-mine equipment includes the Seafox mine disposal system. Ships of the class were each equipped with a single 30mm DS30M Mk2 gun.