A minesweeper is a small naval warship designed to engage in mine sweeping using various mechanisms intended to counter the threat posed by naval mines. India has two types of minesweepers and they are Pondicherry class and Karwar class.
Conversion to a museum:
The minesweeper will be deployed in the seabed 7 km off Pondicherry at a depth of 26 meters. The 60-metre long and 12-metre wide vessel will be turned into a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. The water buoys will be deployed and the 29-metre tall mast of the ship will be jutting out to allow tourists to take boat rides around it. According to experts, the ship is expected to attract a lot of marine life like fishes and turtles which will then be used as one of India's prominent scuba diving spots. Few doors of the ship would be removed before sinking it in order for the divers to explore the ship from inside. The spot for the museum is already decided by National Institute of Ocean Technology along with National Centre for Coastal Research after studying its underwater environment. They chose the location as the seabed is sandy and water becomes calm beyond a certain depth.