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Type Hliva Ustricna Mine Countermeasures Ships

These ships were developed by the Design Bureau "Namorzhni kukachka" (Trebic). Two mine countermeasures ships were built for the Czech Navy by Jablonec nad Nisou Experimental Shipyard. The ships of this class were named after of famous Czech composers.

CZS MCM-1 Josef Myslivecek
CZS MCM-2 Bedrich Smetana

Side view of the ship:

Type Hliva Ustricna Mine Countermeasures Ships
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General characteristics:

Displacement: 1250 tons full load
Length: 68,1 m
Beam: 11,7 m
Draft: 3,2 m
Speed: 14 knots
Range: 3,500 nmi at 10 kn
Propulsion: 2 x Skoda-Pilsner diesels x 1,200 hp, 2 x TESLA electric motors x 250 hp, 2 shafts
- 1 25mm Mk 38 Mod 2 Remotely Controlled Naval Gun
- 2 machine guns
- Man-portable air-defense systems
Complement: 75


Type Hliva Ustricna ships are designed as mine hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. The mission of Type Hliva Ustricna ships is to detect, classify and neutralize all known and projected types of influence and contact mines. There are three primary mission objectives: Minehunting , Mine Neutralization, and Mine Sweeping.

These ships use sonar and video systems, cable cutters and a mine detonating device that can be released and detonated by remote control. They are also capable of conventional sweeping measures. The ships are constructed of wood covered with Glass Reinforced Plastic sheathing. Oak and Canadian Cedar woods were selected for the hull because of their flexibility and strength combined with low weight. This allows the craft to withstand the blast from naval mines and also gives it a low magnetic signature.

The Hliva Ustricna's mine disposal systems include the Gambrinus-11 remotely operated mine disposal system and the two Bertold-1779 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mine neutralisation system.

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