Minehunter "SELLA" (M-32)
Minehunter "SELLA" (M-32)
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Minehunter "SELLA" (M-32)
Minehunter "SELLA" (M-32)
DISPLACEMENT 550 tons
LENGTH 55.5 meters
BEAM 10.7 m.
PROPULSION 2 plants with 2 Diesel MTU-BAZAN engines 6V 396 TB83
2 COMBIMAC electric engines.
AIRCRAFT Vertical Onboard Delivery (VOD) operations.
CREW 41
WEAPONS One 20 mm OERLIKON / 85 GAM-B01
SENSORS Radar: Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 / Koden MDC 1550
Sonar: VDS AN/SQQ-32 (Sp).
MISCELLANEOUS 2 semi-rigid craft Underwater vehicles: 1 / 2 x Pluto PLUS + Minesniper FABA MCM Command & Control System

The Commanding Officer of the minehunter “Sella” welcomes you and invites you to visit this website. This unit belongs to the 1st Minehunter Squadron of the MCM Force with home port in Cartagena (Murcia).

The “Sella” is a “Segura”-class minehunter whose main activity is detection, identification, and neutralization of bottom and moored mines, as well as sea floor surveying and mapping.

Apart from MCM missions, the “Sella” can also carry out other activities such as maritime surveillance, training and operations with other Navy units, and take part in non military activities like SAR (Search & Rescue), and recovery of sunken objects.

As part of the MCM effort, the “Sella” can contribute to keep open the main Spanish ports and bases, as well as to pave the way for amphibious operations projecting naval power ashore.

The ship’s home port is Cartagena Naval Base where other MCM and Spanish Navy ships are docked.

The minehunter “Sella” is a fiberglass ship (glass-reinforced plastic, GRP) of 550 tons with a maximum speed of 14 knots with Diesel engines, or 7 knots with electric propulsion for hunting operations, with a range of 2,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Her combat system is wholly indigenous with great acoustic and magnetic discretion. The hull was designed to resist underwater explosions.

Another distinctive feature of this minehunter is her propulsion system consisting of two VOITH-SCHNEIDER propellers and two bow transversal propellers resulting in great maneuverability. Her accurate positioning system provides the ship with excellent navigational accuracy.

The “Sella” (M-32) is the second unit of the “Segura”-class minehunters. She was built by Bazán in Cartagena. She was launched in July 1998 and delivered to the Spanish Navy on May 28th 1999.

The Battle Ensign was presented in Ribadesella (Asturias) by the actress Arancha del Sol on June 10th 2000.

From June 2007 to May 2008 the ship underwent a Combat System upgrading to adapt it to future MCM threats.

The crew consists of 41 people: 6 officers, 11 NCOs and 24 seamen and ratings.

Most of them have been trained in different naval schools and academies: Marín, San Fernando and Ferrol. Although they all finished their studies years ago, training in the Spanish Navy is an unremitting process, and many specific courses pertaining to our profession are regularly organized. New technologies and their application in our MCM environment demand updating on a continuous basis.

In the scheduled chart of activities, the ship participates in national and international exercises with other MCM units. Every two years she integrates in NATO’s MCM Standing Group (SNMCMG-2).

While berthed, her main activities relate to personnel training and maintenance to keep the ship fully operational.

There is also a Mine Hunting simulator located at the MCM facilities in Cartagena. It is a most useful equipment to keep a high level of readiness.

The ship has carried out three international deployments with NATO’s current Mine Countermeasures Force (SNMCMG-2) and three other deployments with the former MCMFOURSOUTH/MCMFORMED.

At national level, the ship has participated in several maneuvers like GRUFLEX, TAPON and FLOTEX in Rota, MAR MCM in Cartagena, and the surveillance exercises ROUTE SOURVEY in most Spanish ports.

Further activities are carried out with other State Constabulary and Security Corps, like a January 2010 rescue operation of a SAR helicopter sunk in Almeria, or a protection campaign of our underwater archaeological heritage in September of the same year.

The “Sella” has also taken part in celebrations of the Armed Forces Day on two occasions, in Seville and Santander.

    

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