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(naval architecture)
A ship specially designed and equipped to remove or destroy underwater mines.
Heavy road roller pushed in front of a tank, to destroy land mines by exploding them.



a warship intended for the detection and destruction of naval mines with the aid of sweeps and for conducting warships behind the sweeps.

Minesweepers are subdivided into the following categories: fleet minesweepers, which escort warships at sea and sweep in areas far from their own bases; coastal and inshore minesweepers, which sweep in their own waters; motorboat minesweepers, which sweep in roadsteads and coastal areas; and river minesweepers, which sweep mines and escort ships in rivers.

Large minesweepers have a displacement of up to 800 tons and a speed of 15–20 knots. Such minesweepers are equipped with powerful engines, sonar and television for mine detection, and equipment for towing the sweeps. The main armament of minesweepers consists of various types of sweeps, the use of which depends on the type of mines the enemy has laid. For self-defense, minesweepers are armed with small-caliber antiaircraft guns.

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He served in the Navy during the Korean War as a mine sweeper and rescuer of downed pilots.
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Jack was serving aboard a Royal Navy mine sweeper at the time.
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I was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve at HMS Cambria at Cardiff Dock in the 1970s I served on board HMS St David, a mine sweeper, visiting such places as Gibraltar, Tangier, Portugal etc all from Cardiff.
Grandad Bob from Melton Mowbray, Leics, invented a mine sweeper 100 times faster than manual clearers can find them.
During the war James worked as a mine sweeper, cleaning up after the D-Day landings, and in 1945 returned to the family home.

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