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Celeon999
08-28-2007, 09:33 AM
....with real mines from two world wars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

A german minesweeper Task force has left Kiel today to lead the international Operation "Open Spirit 2007" at the coast of Lithunia.

Although officialy named a exercise, the mines the taskforce will search and neutralize are very real and dangerous.



In the first world war , Germany and Russia laid more than 18.000 sea mines in that area.

In the second world war the baltic sea became once again the target of mine laying operations.

Till September 1941, Germany and Finland laid 5.250 and the Soviet Union more than 4.000 mines.

Overall Germany and Finland laid more than 60.000 mines and the Soviet Union a unknown number expected to be similar high.

Although the majority of these minefields were cleared after both wars, many of them are still out there.



http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W274YA3H653INFODE/$FILE/karte_2007_640.jpg


Participating ships :

Germany :

FGS Dillingen
FGS Datteln
FGS Rhein
FGS Siegburg


Belgium :

BNS Primula
BNS Godetia

Latvia :

LVNS Virsaitis

The Netherlands :

HNLMS Vlaardingen
HNLMS Maassluis

Poland :

ORP Mewa
ORP Czajka

France :

FS Lyre

the UK :

HMS Middleton

Sweden :

HSWMS Sparö
HSWMS Visborg

Lithunia :

LNS Kursis
LNS Suduvis

Russia :

RFS BT-230
RFS RT-231

The "Open Spirit" operations are conducted every year since 1996 and have so far sweeped 410 mines from both world wars.

The commander of the HMS Middleton hit the nail on the head when he said : "Wars end, but mines never surrender"

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276HEZQ475INFODE/$FILE/006%20Marschfahrt_640.jpg

Hopefully more pictures or even videos of successful detonations will be published when the operation begins in the next days. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Until then : Here is a video i made quite a while ago http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

German navy detonates ww2 mines and bombs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KOKVNy5I38)

Celeon999
08-28-2007, 09:33 AM
....with real mines from two world wars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

A german minesweeper Task force has left Kiel today to lead the international Operation "Open Spirit 2007" at the coast of Lithunia.

Although officialy named a exercise, the mines the taskforce will search and neutralize are very real and dangerous.



In the first world war , Germany and Russia laid more than 18.000 sea mines in that area.

In the second world war the baltic sea became once again the target of mine laying operations.

Till September 1941, Germany and Finland laid 5.250 and the Soviet Union more than 4.000 mines.

Overall Germany and Finland laid more than 60.000 mines and the Soviet Union a unknown number expected to be similar high.

Although the majority of these minefields were cleared after both wars, many of them are still out there.



http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W274YA3H653INFODE/$FILE/karte_2007_640.jpg


Participating ships :

Germany :

FGS Dillingen
FGS Datteln
FGS Rhein
FGS Siegburg


Belgium :

BNS Primula
BNS Godetia

Latvia :

LVNS Virsaitis

The Netherlands :

HNLMS Vlaardingen
HNLMS Maassluis

Poland :

ORP Mewa
ORP Czajka

France :

FS Lyre

the UK :

HMS Middleton

Sweden :

HSWMS Sparö
HSWMS Visborg

Lithunia :

LNS Kursis
LNS Suduvis

Russia :

RFS BT-230
RFS RT-231

The "Open Spirit" operations are conducted every year since 1996 and have so far sweeped 410 mines from both world wars.

The commander of the HMS Middleton hit the nail on the head when he said : "Wars end, but mines never surrender"

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276HEZQ475INFODE/$FILE/006%20Marschfahrt_640.jpg

Hopefully more pictures or even videos of successful detonations will be published when the operation begins in the next days. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Until then : Here is a video i made quite a while ago http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

German navy detonates ww2 mines and bombs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KOKVNy5I38)

Knm_Kunna
08-28-2007, 11:12 AM
No Norwegian MCM's.... *Boooooring* http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Celeon999
08-28-2007, 12:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Knm_Kunna:
No Norwegian MCM's.... *Boooooring* http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


There are enough mines left ! Just come over http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

AtlantikEel
08-28-2007, 02:00 PM
Scary to think about what is still out there, both sea and land. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

wh1skea
08-28-2007, 02:11 PM
At least the air is clear! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Goose_Green
08-29-2007, 01:05 AM
Ahh, I noted FGS Rhein on the list, I thought I had recognised this particular ship since it was in Hamburg at the time of my visithttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

FGS Rhein (http://www.pbase.com/kevbelcher/image/74816489)

Celeon999
08-29-2007, 02:59 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Goose_Green:
Ahh, I noted FGS Rhein on the list, I thought I had recognised this particular ship since it was in Hamburg at the time of my visithttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

FGS Rhein (http://www.pbase.com/kevbelcher/image/74816489) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Exactemundo http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276HF8N674INFODE/$FILE/005%20Schiffsname_640.jpg

Celeon999
08-29-2007, 11:32 AM
So much for Minesweeping !

The Siegburg reacted to the SOS of a fishing trawler today.

A fisherman fell down the main mast of his boat and got himself a badly bleeding headwound.

After giving first aid and the arrivial of a sea-rescue boat the task force set course again.

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276J9GP080INFODE/$FILE/002%20Sieburg%20laengsseits_640.jpg

Celeon999
08-31-2007, 11:16 AM
Still nothing to report , but some new pics are available

Taken this morning http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276LAUF723INFODE/$FILE/006%20Sonnenaufgang%20_640.jpg

http://www.marine.de/02DB070000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W276KC3P927INFODE/$FILE/006%20Fahr%FCbungen%20_640.jpg