NATO mine clear-up operation Open Spirit 2021 kicks off

11 states and 21 vessels with diving squads are participating in the Open Spirit 2021 NATO mine countermeasures (MCM) operation launched in Estonian waters on Monday.

The main area of operation in this year’s MCM mission is the Gulf of Finland and its southeastern part Narva Bay, military spokespeople said. Groups of mine clearance vessels are to find, map out and, if possible, disarm any ordnance found in the area.

Altogether 11 states, including the U.S., Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Germany and Romania, are participating in the mine clearance operation to be held from April 19-29 with 21 diving teams and altogether almost 800 naval personnel.

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