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Celeon999
05-25-2006, 01:17 PM
Just found these two interesting articles on www.Marine.de (http://www.Marine.de)


The Standing NATO Response Force Minecountermeasure Group 2 (SNMCMG2) encountered an german seamine from ww-2 in the Malta Channel between Malta and Sicily.


The mine was found just by accident during the test of a mine search drone.

The drone transmitted seafloor video images of an old airplane motor and lots of different scrap metal as suddenly an huge oval dark green object covered in spikes filled the screen.

It was identified as german made anchor mine from ww-2 that was propably layed by the Kriegsmarine during the siege of Malta.

An excellent test for the drone. It attached explosives on the mine and blew it up.

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/4094/minensprengung2036403nh.jpg


The drone was a german mine-search drone of the type Seefuchs.

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6480/seefuchs6401ne.jpg



Only a few days later the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 on its route to an exercise had an similar accidental encounter.

It came across an unmapped minefield of ww-2 consisting of 31 seamines near the belgian-netherlandic coast.

5 of them were blown up at once.


Sadly the article doesnt explain why only 5 have been detonated and to which country they belong but it gives an deep impression of the grave danger mines on land and sea still posses even decades after wars they were installed in ended! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/5804/minenspregnung6407jp.jpg

Celeon999
05-25-2006, 01:17 PM
Just found these two interesting articles on www.Marine.de (http://www.Marine.de)


The Standing NATO Response Force Minecountermeasure Group 2 (SNMCMG2) encountered an german seamine from ww-2 in the Malta Channel between Malta and Sicily.


The mine was found just by accident during the test of a mine search drone.

The drone transmitted seafloor video images of an old airplane motor and lots of different scrap metal as suddenly an huge oval dark green object covered in spikes filled the screen.

It was identified as german made anchor mine from ww-2 that was propably layed by the Kriegsmarine during the siege of Malta.

An excellent test for the drone. It attached explosives on the mine and blew it up.

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/4094/minensprengung2036403nh.jpg


The drone was a german mine-search drone of the type Seefuchs.

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6480/seefuchs6401ne.jpg



Only a few days later the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 on its route to an exercise had an similar accidental encounter.

It came across an unmapped minefield of ww-2 consisting of 31 seamines near the belgian-netherlandic coast.

5 of them were blown up at once.


Sadly the article doesnt explain why only 5 have been detonated and to which country they belong but it gives an deep impression of the grave danger mines on land and sea still posses even decades after wars they were installed in ended! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/5804/minenspregnung6407jp.jpg

Goose_Green
05-25-2006, 02:00 PM
Thanks for sharing Celeon and very interesting too. Not sure if anyone caught this interesting item too. It seems the legacy of WWII continues;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4984944.stm

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryO...ombInRiverMersey.htm (http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/RoyalNavyDetonateWwiiBombInRiverMersey.htm)

Sabastian_Healy
05-25-2006, 02:40 PM
There are plenty of mines still out there, modern navigational charts often still show areas of "known or sighted mines" on them. I was a decade ago in the Canadian navy on a DD. A couple of times the captain had extra watchmen on deck when we were sailing thru an aformentioned areas. AND YES, once in the 5 years I was there, Our crew did manage to see one. It was floating on the surface. Intresting what a 76MM cannon can do to a mine. It was about a click away when the shooting began. It went boom, but not as big a boom as most of us had expected {we all thought afterwards - water soaked explosives}. The captain had the boat lower it's "towed array" {sub sonar extension equipment} and we searched for any more floaters {above and below the surface} found none. {I figure coz we didnt do any more actions there}. But being a stoker, we did not get all the information the officers were privy too, just lucky to get the side show.

Celeon999
05-25-2006, 02:43 PM
Yep i heard of that. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Every year they find up to 3 bombs, alone in Berlin.

Mostly on construction sites. They dig a few meters and HELLO ! there is something metal like that shouldnt be there. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Then they close streets for hours or sometimes they evacuate entire blocks as safety measure although it isnt sooo dangerous afterall.

A few weeks ago they found an big fat RAF airmine "residental-block buster" or "cookie" like the RAF called them. Almost big like a car.

The defusing took only 10 minutes and they made an short interview with the man that defused it.

He said :

"Well, buisness as usual"

"Typical british airmine type 2, simple detonator , only problematic if its too rusty but this one was in relativly good condition"

"Defused about 50 or more of them in my career by now" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Then the army comes and takes them somewhere to detonate them.