HMS Ramsey joins NATO minehunting force
The RN’s Sandown class minehunter, HMS Ramsey (pictured on the far right), has joined its NATO counterparts in the Baltic Sea where it will spend the next five weeks as part of an international task force.
The vessel takes over from HMS Grimsby which was attached to Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 throughout Spring 2020. The group is dedicated to destroying historic mines in the waters of Northern Europe whilst protecting freedom of the seas.
HMS Ramsey recently arrived off the coast of Estonia near the Gulf of Finland. This region witnessed heavy bombing during the summers of 1941 and 1944 leaving the sea bed with a significant amount of ordnance.
Lt Commander Joel Roberts, HMS Ramsey’s commanding officer, said: ‘Given the uncertainty caused by COVID, it is really important we are able to continue delivering on operations. The training value gained since joining the group has been brilliant and my crew and I are looking forward to integrating further over the coming weeks.’
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