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NATO - Warship discovers historic mine in the Black sea

Wednesday, February 14 2018
During routine mine countermeasure training in the Black Sea in February 2018, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) ship, Turkish mine hunter TCG AKÇAY, discovered a sea mine probably dating from World War 2.  

Published on Mc.nato.int, February 2017.

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Learn more: TCG Akçay Discovers An Old Mine Off Romanian Coast

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The mine was discovered at 8 A.M. local time while TCG AKÇAY, under the command of Turkish Navy Lieutenant Commander Abdulla Yildiz, was using her mine hunting sonar to scan the sea bed and the water below her. 

SNMCMG2 was conducting mine countermeasure training with the Romanian Navy just off the Romanian coast near Constanta when the historic ordinance was discovered.  The area in question is shown on maritime charts as a formally mined area.

"Finding this historic mine demonstrates NATO’s capability to find uncharted mines in the Black Sea,” said Royal Navy Commander Justin Hains, Commander of SNMCMG2. "We work hard to practice our skills to ensure safe sea lanes. Identification and disposal of historic ordnance is just part of the mission.”

NATO liaised with the Romanian authorities with regards to the neutralization or disposal of the mine. 

ECA Group's PAP remote controlled mine discovery vehicle (RCMDV) was used to investigate the possible mine further. The RCMDV is remotely controlled from the mine hunter and used to identify mine-like objects using an onboard camera. The RCMDV can also lay a 100kg explosive charge to destroy the mine.

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