Navy

HMS Echo Hunts For Historic Ordnance Off Lithuanian Coast

The survey ship was joined by the Lithuanian Navy to "locate and detect" ordnance in the Baltic Sea.

Survey ship HMS Echo has been hunting for historic ordnance in the Baltic Sea with the Lithuanian Navy.

The Royal Navy ship carried out Historical Ordnance Disposal Operations (HODOPS) with British Hunt-class minehunter HMS Dulverton which now belongs to the Lithuanian Naval Force as LNS Kursis.

The ships tested their ability to locate and detect munitions lying on the seabed off the coast of Lithuania from pre-World War One to the Soviet Era.

They also carried out Officer of the Watch manoeuvres where they were joined by Lithuanian Air Force search and rescue helicopter 42, a Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin aircraft.

AB Dillon Thompson, surveyor and quartermaster during the Officer of the Watch manoeuvres, said: “I enjoyed being able to work closely with one of our NATO regional allies.

“It was an ideal chance to utilise Echo’s equipment and test the interoperability of a MCM and a survey ship.

The ships were joined by Lithuanian Air Force search and rescue helicopter 42, a Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin aircraft (Picture: Lithuanian Navy).

“It was also good to still be able to work with another navy, despite the restrictions imposed by COVID.”

Equipped with a hi-tech sonar suite, HMS Echo is used for a variety of operations from gathering oceanography data to supporting submarine operations.

Lieutenant Philip Boak, Operations Officer said: “It was great to be working side-by-side with such a skilled and professional Navy.

“It was also a real opportunity to put Echo’s hydrographic equipment to good use.”

Along with fellow Echo-class ship HMS Enterprise, HMS Echo carries out work in UK waters and abroad, often working with NATO allies.

Cover image: Lithuanian Navy.