The Waari-class Minesweeper, named after a musician, is a small and very important vessel, one of the newest and most modern of its kind in the world.
As a minesweeper, it is constructed to search for and to clear naval mines left behind by conflict, which are a huge threat to any kind of shipping in the world. The Waari-class Minesweeper can fulfill additional roles such as acting as an auxillary minelayer and general patrol vessel.
The Waari-class is also equipped to carry and operate two mine-hunting ROVs, which clear mines the simple, but loud way, while the room for clearance divers will provide more silent means to clean mines.
As a minesweeper, the Waari-class Minesweeper is built using non-magnetic materials and only using magnetic materials where absolutely essential, which is not enough to spring any mine neat the sweeper.
Due to its sleek hull-design, the Waari-class is capable of cutting through the waves like a hot knife through butter, making it reach 24 knots as a maximum speed on our trials. However, while we tried to make the radar crosssection as little as possible, the vessel is far from being a stealth vessel.
For this purpose, it is armed.
The main armament of the Waari-class Minesweeper is the Ceantar C-44 Mark II 40mm Dual Purpose Gun, capable of attacking both land/surface and air targets with utmost precision and a maximum firing range of 15 kilometres. It can be used to defend against missiles, but we would recommend not to do that.
For the more dedicated defense against air-targets, like against helicopters, the Waari-class Minesweeper has three storage rooms filled with five MANPAD-Systems each (and room to spare), which provides the crew with enough firepower to deal with any such threat.
The Waari-class minesweeper can also carry twelve naval mines or depth charges. Due to its sensor suite of a standard Air/Surface Search Radar with integrated navigation radar and a hull-mounted mine-hunting sonar, the Waari-class Minesweeper can detect and act against next to any target. Although optimized to be used against naval mines, the sonar can also detect submarines, but is far less effective at it as a dedicated submarine-search sonar.
As engines, the Waari-class Minesweeper utilizes a system known as 'Integrated Electric Propulsion' or IEP for short. It basically means, that the fuel on board is used to power electric generators, which then transmit the electric power through cables to the engines and the two shafts, which then turn the propellers to make the ship move, which then move the ship.
It is a considerably less complicated design, cheaper and easier to check and repair in case of problems. The minesweeper gets quieter and sheds weight, especially due to the fact, that the same engines, that move the ship, also provide the electrical power needed on board anyways, reducing the costs considerably.
The Waari-class Minesweeper was a new design for a minesweeper, mainly due to the materials and construction of the hulls as well as the mine-clearing ROVs. Shortly after the design was unveiled, a number of orders had been placed, amongst them by the SDF-Navy and the Water Polices of the Free Lands.
The Water Polices, using them mostly as patrol craft, replacing the ROVs with RHIBs and the mine clearance divers with policemen, both for inspecting suspicious vessels. In this function, the Waari-class Minesweepers of the Water Polices, Leuda's Aingeal and Silverport's Binn, participated in the Anti-Piracy Operations off Frozopia in 2018.