EML Ugandi (M315)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Bridport
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Decommissioned: 2004
Fate: Sold to Estonia
Career (Estonia)
Name: Ugandi
Operator: Estonian Navy
Acquired: 2006
In service: January 22, 2009
Homeport: Tallinn
Motto: Semper Ante
General characteristics
Class & type: Sandown class minehunter
Displacement: 450 tons full
Length: 52.6 m
Beam: 10.5 m
Draught: 2.4 m
Propulsion: 2 × Paxman Valenta 6RPA200M diesels
2 × Rolls Royce CV8-250G drives
2 × Voith-Schneider propulsors
Speed: 13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric
Complement: 7 officers, 18 sailors
Crew: 25
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 1007 navigation radar
Klein 5000 sidescan sonar
Thales Underwater Systems 2093
Armament: 1 × Twin ZU-23 23 mm AA cannon
3 × Browning 12.7 mm MG gun
anti-mine systems AE Seafox MIDS
Notes: Built of glass reinforced plastic

EML Ugandi is a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned by the Estonian Navy in 2009. Ugandi is a former Royal Navy vessel HMS Bridport built by Woolston Yard of Southampton-based shipbuilders Vosper Thornycroft.

The vessel is the third and final Sandown-class vessel which joined the naval force after its mine countermeasures vessel modernization programme.[1] She is named after an ancient Estonian county Ugandi, between the east coast of Lake Võrtsjärv and west coast of Lake Pskov, bordered by Vaiga, Mõhu, Nurmekund, Sakala, Latgale, and Pskov. Ugandi is commanded by Senior-Lieutenant Marek Mardo.[2]

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The former HMS Bridport was modernized and overhauled in Bay 1 of the Syncrolift at Rosyth. The project was started ahead of schedule to deconflict the programme.[3] After a ceremony at the Fife yard the HMS Bridport became ENS Ugandi and joined the Mineships Division.[4] She differs from the previous two Sandown-class vessels delivered to the Estonian Navy, as she has been fitted with a ZU-23-2 twin mount, 23mm cannon system[2] and a Klein 5000 sidescan sonar.[1]

The vessel carries clearance divers and Remote Control Mine Disposal Systems. Unlike the previous Lindau-class minehunter, the vessel was built from glass reinforced plastic to reduce her magnetic signature. Other parts of the ship were constructed from non-ferrous metals for a similar reason. They are propelled by Voith Schneider Propellers and are very maneuverable due to two bow thrusters which gives an advantage when working with mines.[5]

The ships motto is in Latin Semper Ante. The coat of arms was designed by Priit Herodes.

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