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    Estonia: Vessels participating in Open Spirit head out to areas of activity

    TALLINN, May 14, BNS - The vessels of the Estonian Navy and the allies on Monday headed off toward the areas where the mine countermeasures exercise Open Spirit would be carried out in the next two weeks.

    "At Open Spirit mines will be looked for in areas where mines were thrown during World War I and II. The detected mines would be destroyed by setting them off," Cmdr. Peeter Ivask, commander of the fleet of the Estonian Navy, was quoted by spokespeople as saying. He added that the latter will take place during the day so as not to disturb local residents.

    The mine countermeasures exercise Open Spirit will organized by the Estonian Navy from May 11 to May 25 and will include nearly 800 participants. The areas of activity of the mine countermeasures exercise are to be distributed between the vicinity of the city of Tallinn and the islands of Hiiumaa, Saaremaa and Muhu. The tasks of the international units will be detecting, mapping and destroying explosives.

    The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), the Baltic mine countermeasures squadron Baltron, and partners from the Baltic Ordinance Safety Board in Sweden who help identify the pieces of ordnance using information and photographs received from the vessels are to take part in the exercise.

    The multinational naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal mission is hosted on a yearly rotational basis by one of three Baltic nations – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    In the past 20 years more than 1,200 explosive devices have been found in Estonia's waters and defused.

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    • Published: 14.05.2018 19:58
    • LETA, BNS
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