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Minehunting in West India Docks

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on December 8, 2012

Three ships from the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) fleet have made a short visit to London, spending the weekend berthed at West India Docks.

The remaining ships from the SNMCMG1 fleet in West India Docks

The remaining ships from the SNMCMG1 fleet in West India Docks

The three ships were comprised of the Belgian Tripartite-class minehunter Narcis (M923), the Belgian command ship Godetia (A960) and the Estonian Sandown-class minehunter Sakala (M314). The Sakala was originally launched in 1990 as HMS Inverness (M102) and served with the Royal Navy for fifteen years. After she was decommissioned the ship was sold to the Estonian Navy and began her second life.

Over the weekend the ships were opened to the public and we took the opportunity to visit the Narcis and Sakala – much appreciating the friendly welcome.

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