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HMS Pembroke Receives New 'State-Of-The-Art' Minehunting System

The Faslane-based ship will deploy to the Gulf in the summer. 

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HMS Pembroke has become the first Royal Navy minehunter to receive a brand new "state-of-the-art" mine counter-measures command system.

The system, called Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture (ORCA), replaces the ship's previous NAUTIS Command System.

The Navy said the upgrade, carried out over February and March, means HMS Pembroke is now the "most modern" Mine Counter-Measures Vessel in the fleet.

Petty Officer Matthew Routliffe, Operations Room supervisor, said the system has undergone "successful acceptance trials" and described it as a "step forward" for mine warfare.

The upgrade also included the overhaul of the ship's Operations Room and installing new consoles throughout the compartment. 

The Navy said ORCA allows for "increased situational awareness" in the Operations Rooms in comparison to the previous NAUTIS system.

The Faslane-based Sandown-class minehunter will deploy to the Gulf in the summer. 

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