Mine clearance exercise of Baltic navies to kick off in Estonia

  • 2020-08-10
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - A joint mine clearance diving exercise, Divex, is about to start on Monday that will see Baltic navy divers disarm explosive devices found in the Toila Harbor area in northeast Estonia.

Participants in the exercise that will continue until Friday include 12 divers from Estonia, seven from Latvia, and eight from Lithuania, spokespeople for the Estonian Navy said. The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will also take part in the exercise.

As part of the exercise, the underwater EOD experts will dive to 30 previously identified pieces of munitions. Devices that cannot be disarmed on-site will be transported to safe locations for detonation. 

Next year's Divex exercise will be organized by the Latvian Navy.