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Echo  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 7 March 2003
Total Production: 2
Origin: United Kingdom
Parent System: Echo
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 7 March 2003
Total Production: 2
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Description: The Royal Navy Echo class of survey ships were designed to provide support to submarine and amphibious operations, as well as mine warfare, through the collection of military hydrographic, oceanographic and bathymetric data. The bathymetric data consists of ocean data, its salinity and sound profile gathered using SeaSoar vehicle which can be towed behind the ship at controlled depths and carry a wide range of sensors and oceanographic equipment. The Echo class is equipped with a survey motor boat called Sapphire (H87) and Spitfire (H88) that can operate independently. The ship's propulsion system uses azimuth thrusters allowing for precise maneuver. The Echo class ship has a crew of 61-man and can accommodate up to 20 Royal Marines for security missions utilizing an array of weapons. The Royal Navy commissioned two vessels in 2003. These ships are especially well suited for long deployments of up to two years with an annual availability of 330 days.

Echo Specifications

Crew: 61
Troops: 20
Dimensions
Beam: 16.8 meter (55 foot)
Draft: 5.50 meter (18.0 foot)
Length: 90 meter (295 foot)
Percent
Availability: 90 %
Performance
Max Range: 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometer)
Speed
Top Speed: 15 knot (27.8 kph)
Weight
Full Displacement: 3,470 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United Kingdom2
YearHoldings
20142

Grand Total 21
 

Echo Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
H87 HMS Echo4 Mar 20027 Mar 2003-
H88 HMS Enterprise2 Jun 200217 Oct 2003-

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