The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building programme.
Work on Admiral Cowan is scheduled to take around six months, with sister ships ENS Sakala (ex-HMS Inverness ) and ENS Ugandi (ex-HMS Bridport ) to complete a similar refit by the end of 2019.
Work is being carried out under a contract worth around EUR30 million (USD35 million) awarded in 2016 to Thales, with Babcock subcontracted to implement the upgrade at its Rosyth yard.
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