EML Ugandi (M315)
EML Ugandi M315
|Name:||HMS Bridport (M105)|
|Launched:||20 July 1992|
|Commissioned:||6 November 1993|
|Fate:||Sold to Estonia|
|In service:||22 January 2009|
|Class and type:||Sandown class minehunter|
|Displacement:||450 tons full|
|Speed:||13 knots diesel, 6.5 knots electric|
|Complement:||7 officers, 18 sailors|
|Notes:||Built of glass reinforced plastic|
EML Ugandi, formerly HMS Bridport (M105), 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. 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 (Lt. Sr. Grade) Vanemleitnant Marek Mardo.
Bridport was built by Woolston Yard of Southampton-based shipbuilders Vosper Thornycroft as one of the 12 ship class of Sandown-class minehunters.
In July 2004, the UK Ministry of Defence announced that as part of the restructuring of the Navy, the two oldest and one other Sandown-class minehunters would be retired by April 2005. Bridport was decommissioned and was then laid up awaiting a buyer or disposal. In September 2006, Estonia signed a contract to acquire the three vessels.
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. After a ceremony at the Fife yard the HMS Bridport became ENS Ugandi and joined the Mineships Division. 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 and a Klein 5000 sidescan sonar.
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.