Poseidon 2020 πŸ›₯πŸ›₯β›΄β›΄

From October 30 to November 6, 2020, a flotilla of warships and support ships – Navy and the city of Burgas will host the Bulgarian-Romanian mine action exercise “Poseidon 2020”.

The exercise has been held annually since 2002, and is hosted on a rotating basis by the Navy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Romania.

“Poseidon 2020” is aimed at improving the level of training of Navy personnel in planning and conducting mine action in a coalition format. The same is planned and will be managed in accordance with NATO standards and procedures and will be conducted in the territorial sea and the adjacent area of ​​the Republic of Bulgaria in landfills, which have been announced in a timely manner.

Ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain and France will take part in the exercise. The ships are part of NATO’s Second Permanent Mine Action Group in the Mediterranean (SNMCMG2). The headquarters for control of the exercise will be deployed at the Burgas Base Station.

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  1. 6 World War I mines discovered during Poseidon 2020 (PHOTOS)
    Five EMA combat naval mines and one EMC naval mine have been found in sea waters in the area where the Bulgarian-Romanian mine action exercise Poseidon 2020 is taking place. Mines from the time of the First World War were discovered lying on the bottom during the planned mine action operation by the mine hunters from the Second Permanent Mine Action Group of NATO (SNMCMG2).

    Two of the mines were discovered by the French ship FS Orion and the Spanish ship ESPS Duero. One mine was discovered by the Italian ship ITS Alghero and the French ship FS Orion (M645).

    EMA mines are anchor, contact mines with dimensions of 1.6 x 0.8 m and weight of 150 kg. They can be placed by a surface ship or submarine.

    The EMC mine is also an anchor, contact mine, but with a larger diameter and a warhead of 300 kg.

    During the clearing after the First World War, the practice was to blow up the mines with small arms after the mines were cut by the trawlers. As a result, the hulls of the mines drilled and the mines sank to the bottom without exploding. In this way, they do not pose a danger to surface vessels, but pose a risk if they are hit by bottom trawls by fishing vessels or hit.

    To ensure safety, the area where the sea mines were found is isolated for shipping and underwater activities. Mine action is planned and will be carried out with the participation of ships and diving groups from the Navy of the Republic of Bulgaria for the destruction of the discovered historical mines.

    The actions of the personnel on the discovery and identification of the mines testify to the professionalism and the high level of preparation, while showing that the mine danger remains relevant even a hundred years after the end of the First World War. All this once again confirms the need for the Navy of the Republic of Bulgaria to maintain and develop its mine action forces, the benefit of which are the newly purchased from the Kingdom of the Netherlands two minesweepers class “Tripartite”.

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