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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

RUSHCUTTER inshore minehunters (1986-1987)

Rushcutter 2000

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Rushcutter

M80

Carrington Slipways, Tomago

31/5/1984

8/5/1986

1/11/1986

stricken 8/2001

Shoalwater

M81

Carrington Slipways, Tomago

17/9/1985

26/6/1987

10/10/1987

stricken 8/2001

 

 

Displacement standard, t

100

Displacement full, t

170

Length, m

28.0 wl 31.0 oa

Breadth, m

9.00

Draught, m

1.90

No of shafts

2 Schottel azimuthal pods

Machinery

2 SACM-Poyaud 520-V8-S2 diesel-pumps, 2 hydraulic motors

Power, h. p.

340

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 1200(10)

Armament

2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2x PAP-104 USV, Mini-Dyad magnetic minesweeping gear

Sensors

M80: type 1006 radar, MWS-80-5 (DSQS-11M) sonar

M81: type 1006 radar, Ibis V sonar

Complement

13

Ship project history: Tenders for two prototype glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) catamaran minehunters were sought in April 1981 and orders were placed in January 1983. It was hoped to order four more (Westernport, Discovery, Esperance, Melville) following trials and evaluation but the hull proved too small for coastal work and severe problems were encountered with the sonar, so the project was stopped. In 1991 Thomson Sintra leased its Ibis V system for trials in Shoalwater, and early in 1992 Atlas Elektronik installed their new DSQS-11M in Rushcutter for competitive trials. The German sonar passed acceptance and was retrofitted to Shoalwater.

Modernizations: late 1980s, Shoalwater: - Ibis V sonar; + MWS-80-5 (DSQS-11M) sonar

Naval service: No significant events.

Shoalwater 1987

Ivan Gogin, 2017