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Though there was some use of shore-controlled mines in the war between Prussia and Denmark, the first use of independent mines was by Russia in the Crimean War in 1855. ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... n. a warship equipped for detecting and removing or destroying tethered explosive...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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2007
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... Though there was some use of shore-controlled mines in the war between Prussia and Denmark , the first use of independent mines was by Russia in the Crimean War in 1855 . Though some damage was caused by these mines, it was slight because the size of the charge was so small. The British Royal Navy successfully improvised sweeping, using grapnels from rowing boats. Mines were used in considerable numbers during the American Civil War ( 1861–1865 ), but there does not seem to have been any effective sweeping. During the latter years of the...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • clapper , crapper, dapper, flapper, grappa, kappa, knapper, mapper, nappa, napper, rapper, sapper, scrapper, snapper, strapper, tapper, trapper, wrapper, yapper, Zappa • catalpa , scalper • camper , damper, hamper, pamper, scamper, stamper, Tampa, tamper, tramper • Caspar , jasper • handicapper • kidnapper • whippersnapper • carper , harper, scarper, sharper • clasper , gasper, grasper, rasper • leper , pepper, salt-and-pepper • helper , yelper • temper • Vespa , vesper • Culpeper • sidestepper • caper , draper, escaper,...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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12 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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minesweeper

minesweeper  

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Though there was some use of shore-controlled mines in the war between Prussia and Denmark, the first use of independent mines was by Russia in the Crimean War in 1855. ...
Auxiliary Minesweepers

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2 ed.)

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2009

...Minesweepers When the Second World War broke out in 1939 there was a perceived need for a series of craft to sweep mines in Australian waters. For this purpose the Navy requisitioned a wide variety of ships including steamers, coasters, ferries and trawlers. In all, 35 vessels were taken over and stationed in groups in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Fremantle, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney. One converted trawler, HMAS Goorangi , was the first RAN loss of the war when she was run down in Port Phillip, with the loss of all hands, on 20 November...

Ton Class Minesweepers

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2 ed.)

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... Class Minesweepers ( Curlew , Gull , Hawk , Ibis , Snipe and Teal ). Displacement 375 tons; length 152 feet; beam 29 feet; speed 14 knots; armament 2 × 40-mm guns. These ships were purchased from the RN in 1961 and modified in Britain to Australian requirements. They served as the 1st Mine Countermeasures Squadron in Malaysian waters during the Confrontation . Curlew and Snipe were converted to minehunters in the late 1960s. Ships of the class were involved in minesweeping duties in New Guinea and Solomon Islands waters during the 1960s and...

Bathurst Class Minesweepers (Corvettes)

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2 ed.)

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2009

... Class Minesweepers (Corvettes) Launched 1940–43 (56 ships); length 186 feet; beam 31 feet; displacement 650–790 tons; armament 1 ×4-inch and 1 ×40-mm gun, 5–6 machine guns (with wide variations); speed 15 knots. On the outbreak of the Second World War there was an immediate need for a warship of simple design that could be built in shipyards unaccustomed to naval construction and that could perform escort and minesweeping functions. Designed by the Australian Naval Staff in 1939 , the first seven ships were ordered in September of that year and were...

Auxiliary Minesweepers

Auxiliary Minesweepers  

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When the Second World War broke out in 1939 there was a perceived need for a series of craft to sweep mines in Australian waters. For this purpose the Navy ...
Ton Class Minesweepers

Ton Class Minesweepers  

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(Curlew, Gull, Hawk, Ibis, Snipe and Teal). Displacement 375 tons; length 152 feet; beam 29 feet; speed 14 knots; armament 2 × 40-mm guns.These ships were purchased from the ...
Bathurst Class Minesweepers (Corvettes)

Bathurst Class Minesweepers (Corvettes)  

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Launched 1940–43 (56 ships); length 186 feet; beam 31 feet; displacement 650–790 tons; armament 1 ×4-inch and 1 ×40-mm gun, 5–6 machine guns (with wide variations); speed 15 knots.On ...
Oropesa sweep

Oropesa sweep  

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A method of sweeping moored mines by a wire towed by a single minesweeper. It swept mines to the side of the minesweeper by means of a long wire fitted with wirecutters placed at intervals along the ...
initial path sweeping

initial path sweeping  

In naval mine warfare, initial sweeping to clear a path through a mined area dangerous to the minesweepers that will be following.
Waterhen, HMAS

Waterhen, HMAS  

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At Waverton, Sydney Harbour, was commissioned on 5 December 1962 as a support base for the newly acquired Ton Class minesweepers. In March 1969 it became the base for the ...

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