Algeria commissions its new mine countermeasures vessel

The Algerian National Navy has commissioned its new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), El-Kasseh 1 (501) into the service on Sept. 30, the Ministry of National Defence announced.

The commissioning was done by General Ahmed Gaid Salah, the Chief of Staff of the Algerian military and the ceremony involved the inspection of the new vessel.

The vessel was delivered with a Gaymarine Pluto Plus remotely operated mine-disposal vehicle and a Klein Marine Systems towed side scan sonar.

Algeria’s order for the vessel emerged in late 2014 when it was confirmed that it had signed a contract for a single vessel, plus an option for a second.

El-Kasseh 1 (501) was launched on 5 April 2016 by Italian shipbuilder Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard.

The vessel is reportedly based on Finnish Navy’s Katanpaa-class vessels. It is believed to have a hull based on a monocoque single skin glass reinforced plastic design and is around 50 metres in length.

The vessels has a displacement of nearly 700 tons, a speed of 13 knots and accommodation for more than 30 people.

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