Tuesday, 25 September 2007


The Royal Navy's Single Role Mine Hunter HMS PENZANCE is one of the surface warships based at Faslane, on the Gareloch. A member of the 'Sandown' class, and commisioned in May 1998, she is one of eight ships of her type still in service. Armed with a single 30mm cannon mounted forward of the superstructure, she is fitted with 2 PAP 104 Mk 5 remote controlled submersibles which form her main mine countermeasures equipment. These ships are driven by two Voith Schneider propellers, which together with a pair of Schottel bow thrusters, make them extremely manoeuverable indeed. For further details of the 'Sandown' class, visit the Royal Navy website and naval-technology.com.