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Intermarine Italian shipyard delivers El Kasseh 2 minesweeper vessel to Algerian Navy

According to a press release published by Intermarine, on July 2020 Intermarine Italian shipyard, a subsidiary of the Immsi S.p.A. industrial group (IMS.MI), has delivered a minesweeper to a leading navy active in the Mediterranean. The vessel is the second unit of a larger order and complies with the highest quality standards. Citing the Twitter account of Fatto in Italia, the ship is the El Kasseh 2 for the Algerian Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 El Kasseh 2 minesweeper for the Algerian Navy. (Picture source Fatto in Italia Twitter account)

According to naval open sources information, Algeria has ordered the first mine countermeasures vessel in late 2014 with an option for a second. The Algerian National Navy has commissioned its first mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), El-Kasseh 1 (501) into the service on September 30, 2017. 

According to naval military sources, the El Kasseh 2 is based on the Katanpää-class vessels built for the Finnish Navy. Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessels are a class of three multipurpose mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV) ordered by the Finnish Navy to the Italian shipyard Intermarine S.p.A.

The Intermarine minesweeper has a 52.5-meter length and 10-meter beam (for a total displacement of approximately 700 metric tons) and is powered by two diesel engines for a top speed of between 13 and 16 knots. The structure – including the hull – is built using the unstiffened monocoque single skin construction technique, with fiberglass developed specifically for this type of project. The superstructures, realized in a sandwich configuration consisting of two fiberglass and carbon fiber layers encasing a balsa core, are constructed with the resin infusion process.