Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessel
Built by Vosper Thornycroft, at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 27 February 1990 and commissioned on 24 May 1991.
She was one of originally twelve Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) in the Royal Navy, constructed with glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) hulls.
She paid off from RN service on 15 November 2004, and was bought by Estonia as EML Sakala commissioning on 24 January 2008.
The primary responsibility of the Sandown-class is to seek out, detect and destroy mines, using the SeaFox unmanned underwater vehicle and a team of highly skilled Mine Clearance Divers.
Motto: “In nomine libertatis - In the name of freedom”