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X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
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Royal Navy charts reefs and wrecks off Libyan coast

HMS Echo used state-of-the-art sonar equipment to map the unseen wrecks, reefs and rocks of the Libyan coast and make navigation less hazardous.
Credit:   Royal Navy
(Filephoto) HMS Echo
Royal Navy  |  HMS Echo is latest show of UK support to Libya    |   08-22-2013
Significant discoveries included a number of uncharted wrecks in shipping lanes which could have posed a danger to vessels.

In total the ship’s crew surveyed 46.8 square nautical miles, an area equal to that of just under 20,000 football pitches. All of the survey data will be shared with the Libyan Hydrographic Office in order for the area’s charts to be updated.

In addition, specialists from the ship passed their expertise on to members of the Libyan Navy who spent several days on board. The sailors learned the modern surveying methods including side-scan sonar, satellite positioning and electronic data collection to allow the Libyan Navy to take responsibility for mapping their waters in the future.

The operation was the ship’s second visit to Libya following a successful trip in 2012.

Echo was launched at Appledore in Devon in 2002, and was designed to carry out a wide range of survey work, including support to submarine and amphibious operations, through the collection of oceanographic and bathymetric (analysis of the ocean, its salinity and sound profile) data.

Echo left Devonport in the first week of 2011 on a two-year deployment to the Red Sea, the Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Middle and Far East and returned to home waters at Devonport in August 2012. After spending two months in Falmouth for a revamp, the specialist survey ship spent the final weeks of last year putting would-be navigators through their paces in the waters off the south-west of England.

Further reading ► HMS Echo
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Further reading ► HMS Echo

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