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Avenger class ships are designed as mine hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. The last three MCM ships were purchased in 1990, bringing the total to 14 fully deployable, oceangoing Avenger class ships.

These ships use sonar and video systems, cable cutters and a mine detonating device that can be released and detonated by remote control. They are also capable of conventional sweeping measures. The ships are of fiberglass sheathed, wooden hull construction. They are the first large mine countermeasures ships built in the United States in nearly 27 years.

Specifications:

Hull:
Composition: Wood, fiberglass sheath
Category: Mine Countermeasure
Personnel:
Officers: 8
Enlisted Crew: 76
Propulsion:
Max Speed: 14 knots
Engines: 4
     Diesel: 4
Propellers: 2 Variable Pitch
Weaponry:
Mine Neutralization System
Guns: 2
     .50 cal. Machine Guns: 2
Dimensions:
Length: 224'
Beam: 39'
Displacement: 1,312 tons

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