- a specially equipped ship used for dragging a body of water in order to remove or destroy enemy mines.
Origin of minesweeper
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Minesweeper Lingfield to take off surplus steaming parties of block ships, which had 100 miles to steam.The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets
Robert L. Drake
It may be apropos to say here that the smaller class of minesweeper is usually blown to pieces if she touches a mine.
A few seconds later another bomb fell close to a minesweeper and a fragment gashed the decks but did not penetrate them.
- a naval vessel equipped to detect and clear mines
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