The US Senate has approved thetransfer of two Osprey-class minehunter coastal ships toIndia.
The two minehunter ships are Kingfisher (MHC-56) andCormorant (MHC-57). Both were decommissioned in 2007 and nowawaiting it’s to India.
Osprey-class coastal minehunters are designed to find,classify, and destroy moored and bottom naval mines from vitalwaterways. They use sonar and video systems, cable cutters anda mine detonating device that can be released and detonated byremote control.
Their primary mission is reconnaissance, classification,and neutralisation of all types of moored and bottom mines inlittoral areas, harbours and coastal waterways. The ships areequipped with a high definition, variable-depth sonar, and aremotely-operated, robotic submarine used to neutralise mines.