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The Spanish Navy launches the largest mine warfare exercise in the Mediterranean,

Between April 26th and May 7th, in the waters of the Balearic Archipelago, the Spanish Navy is developing the international exercise “Spanish Minex-21”, which focuses on training in the detection and neutralization of sea mines, a silent naval warfare system that The neutralizing effect is civil and military maritime transport.

According to the Balearic Naval Command, a total of 13 surface vessels, a submarine, a fixed-wing aircraft, a naval helicopter and a total of 13 surface vessels take part in this year’s edition of the Spanish Minex-21 600 troops in various NATO countries such as France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium , Turkey, Greece and the United States.

The Navy’s main resources are the Navy’s Mine Action Force (FMCM) minehunters, which arrived at the Mahón Naval Station in Menorca on April 24 after leaving their base in Cartagena, Murcia last week. All ships participating in the Spanish Minex-21 exercise, the largest mine warfare exercise to take place in the Mediterranean, have been concentrated there. The tactical course is an advanced exercise organized and directed annually by the Spanish Navy.

A multinational naval force will be created for its execution, including the NATO Permanent Mine Hunters No. 2 or the NATO Permanent Group 2 on Maritime Countermeasures (SNMCMG-2), which has been under the command of the Navy stands justification of France. It also participates in the Spanish Minex-21. the European Naval Force (EUROMARFOR), which was activated on April 25th and integrated into the naval forces. Comprehensive command is taken by Captain Miguel Cuartero Lorenzo, commander of the above-mentioned Navy FMCM, who is embarked with his operational general staff on board the Maritime Action Ship (BAM). (P-45), one of the most modern Spanish units, as delivered by Navantia on July 27, 2018.

In addition, the exercise coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Mine Action Force, which was founded on April 25, 1946 with scarce funds of German origin. In the mid-1950s, she received material from the surplus of the US Navy, which was replaced from 1999 by the Spanish MCM ships of the Segura class.

The Naval Force has divers on board who specialize in mine warfare and advanced underwater detection systems. The Segura-class ships mentioned above are Variable Depth Sonars or (Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) AN / SQQ -32 (Sp) and Remote Controlled Vehicles Pluto Plus “and” Minesniper “.

The group is expected to visit the Porto Pi marine station (Palma de Mallorca) from May 1st to 2nd and also at the end of the year on May 7th. (Julio Maíz Sanz)

Photo: Four of the Navy’s “Safe” -class minehunters are sailing in formation. (Navy photo)

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