News2019.08.09 10:00

WW2 mine destroyed in the Baltic Sea

BNS 2019.08.09 10:00

A mine from the Second World War has been destroyed in the Baltic Sea on Thursday, Lithuania's Ministry of Defence said.

The mine was discovered by the Lithuanian Navy LNS Kuršis (M54) vessel in the depth of 25 meters and some three kilometers from the entry to the port of Klaipėda

It was westroyed by bomb disposal troops from the rotational Portuguese forces deployed at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion.

The mine disposal was a planned part of the international mine clearing exercise Open Spirit 2019, taking place in Klaipėda on August 3-10, involving bomb disposals specialists from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Portugal, and United States.

Around 3 percent of mines in the Baltic Sea were destroyed during WW1 and WW2, and 5-10 percent of them were destroyed after the wars.

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