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Spain decides to rebuild grounded minesweeper

06 March 2020
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The Spanish Navy has decided to rebuild a Segura-class minesweeper that ran aground in August 2019 rather than replace it with a new vessel.

Announcing the decision on 5 March, the navy said a budget of approximately EUR25 million (USD28.3 million) is expected to cover repair costs for its fourth Segura-class minesweeper SPS Turia. Repairs will be contracted out to state-owned shipbuilder Navantia, with the backing of companies specialising in the glass-fibre hulls used for Turia and its five sister ships of the Segura class.

"The decision has been taken after ratifying the technical viability of the repairs [with the cost estimates being] appreciably lower than acquiring a new one.

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