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Launching of the first Croatian counter-mine ship LM-51 Korcula Print E-mail

"I christen your with name of the famous island of Korčula" the Defence Minister, Berislav Rončević said those words and with traditional breaking of a bottle of champagne on side of the ship, named the first counter-mine ship of the Croatian Navy and gave a symbolic sign for its launching. The launching solemn ceremony was held on 22 April in the shipyard Montmontaža-Greben in Vela Luka with numerous high guests present. mine-hunter
On that occasion, Minister Rončević especially stressed the excellent work done by the shipyard Montmontaža-Greben from Vela Luka, the Institute for Naval Engineering, the Naval Centre for Electronics from Split, the Engineering Consulting for Industrial Electronics from Zagreb and professional services of the Ministry of Defence that put their common efforts to build the first Croatian counter-mine ship. He emphasized that the first Croatian counter-mine ship was an exceptional achievement of the Croatian economy and that besides basic military purposes, it can serve numerous civilian purposes. In his interview with journalists, Minister Rončević stressed the great export potential that such a complex project has.
Chief of General Staff, General Josip Lucić, emphasized the importance of the new war ship of the Croatian Navy for further modernization and adjustment to requirements for entry into NATO Alliance but also as an important part of the entire process of reorganization and modernization of the Croatian Armed Forces that has been carried out with success.minehunter Director of the shipyard Montmontaža-Greben Ratko Pecotić, in his welcoming address, emphasized that Korčula is a product of the common effort of a great number of Croatian companies. He said that there is interest in the world for such a type of ship and that there are expectations that after testing the prototype, production of a series for the Croatian Army and exportation to other countries that have already shown interest will be continued. The first Croatian counter-mine ship Korčula is an exceptional achievement of the Croatian economy and besides basic military purposes, it can serve numerous civilian purposes.
The basic purpose of this ship is detection, location and identification of mines placed on the bottom of the sear and on anchors and their marking and destroying. Usability of the first Croatian counter-mine ship in civilian tasks comprises participation in underwater scientific-research projects, underwater filming, finding objects, assistance in underwater works and similar.

 


 

 
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