SAES takes part in the 75th anniversary of the Maritime Mine Countermeasure Forces

The celebration of the 75th anniversary includes the publication of a commemorative book titled ‘The evolution of the mine warfare in the Spanish Army’, by Javier Núñez de Prado Aparicio. The book is a historic view of the Maritime Mine Countermeasure Forces, created 26th April 1946 when ‘Bidasoa’ minesweeper, the first mine countermeasure vessel, was delivered to the Spanish Navy.

The ‘Arsenal Militar’ (a military naval base and shipyard) in Cartagena has celebrated today the 75th anniversary of the Maritime Mine Countermeasure Forces central event at the ‘Juan de Borbón’ quay, near the ‘Tambre’ and ‘Duero’ minesweepers. The event has been chaired by Maritime Action Vice Admiral, Juan Luis Sobrino Pérez-Crespo.

The commemoration of this anniversary has been attended by a MCM Forces veteran representation as well as local authorities and partner companies such as SAES, represented by its General Manager, Cristina Abad Salinas. The event honoured those who gave their lives for Spain and a special mention was made to those who died when ‘Guadalete’ minesweeper shipwrecked in 1954, followed by the reading of some penal laws. MCM Forces Commander, Navy Captain Miguel Cuartero Lorenzo, who played a significant role organising the 75th anniversary events, ended the event with a closing speech followed by the Spanish Army Hymn.

SAES takes part in the 75th anniversary of the Maritime Mine Countermeasure Forces
MCM Forces Commander, Navy Captain Miguel Cuartero Lorenzo greets the General Manager of SAES, Cristina Abad Salinas.

A commemorative book titled ‘The evolution of the mine warfare in the Spanish Army’ has just been published by the MCM Forces on the occasion of the 75th anniversary. The publication, edited by Javier Núñez de Prado Aparicio, has been sponsored by SAES among other partner companies. In the book the historic link between SAES and the MCM Forces is well detailed, starting with the development of the minesweeper combat system (by Navantia Sistemas in collaboration with SAES) which can locate, classify, and identify all kinds of naval mines.

In mine warfare there are two branches that evolve together: on the one hand, the naval mine and mining operations, and, on the other hand, counter-mining operations, to tackle the effects. SAES has systems that support both branches of mine warfare: MINEA smart mine and MIRS, a multi-influence signature measurement system for ships and submarines.

MCM Force 

The MCM Force is part of the ‘Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures’ (SNMCMG-2) or the ‘European Maritime Force’ (EUROMARFOR), among other military groups. It also takes part in a variety of international exercises such as the advanced multinational MCM exercise SPANISH MINEX.

SAES lecture in NATCOM21 about the advanced processing of the underwater of the Multi-Influence signature

During the online celebration of the 16th Baltic Military Fair, where SAES participates as an exhibitor.

SAES will offer the lecture Multi-Influence Signature: Modern Signal Processing Techniques to increase the Detectability and Classification of Ships, by Francisco Javier Rodrigo Saura, Head of Maritime Security Product Line, at the IX International Scientific and Technical Conference NATCON “Maritime technologies for defence and security”, which will take place online from April 20th to 22th.

Mr. Javier Rodrigo will present the results of his studies on the exploitation of the multi-influence signature, composed of the acoustic, static and alternating electromagnetic, seismic and pressure signature. Through signal processing techniques based on Machine Learning methods applied to the multi-influence signature, it is verified that the joint exploitation of the signatures increases the detection and classification capability in naval detection systems in comparison with to the individual processing of each type of signature.

To analyse and evaluate the improvement in the detection and classification capacity, standard techniques and techniques based on Machine Learning methods are applied to a Database of multi-influence measurements of surface vessels acquired in shallow waters with the MIRS multi-influence measurement system manufactured by SAES.

Deployment of the MIRS system manufactured by SAES
Deployment of the MIRS system manufactured by SAES

MIRS will be one of the products present in the SAES online exhibitor at the Balt Military Expo 2021 fair, along with other highlights such as the DDS03 diver detection sonar, the MINEA naval mine, the DISOUROS acoustic processor and the DEWARS submarine acoustics signature measurement system.

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