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Demining of the Vistula estuary

Navy dive-bombers removed around 400 shells of various calibre found at the mouth of the Vistula near Mikoszewo. The unexploded ordnance was part of an armoury left over from World War II that was recently uncovered by the river. Divers of the Navy brought to the surface, among others, 19 81mm calibre mortar grenades, 3
Published: April 22, 2012 - 19:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 05:51
Demining of the Vistula estuary

Navy dive-bombers removed around 400 shells of various calibre found at the mouth of the Vistula near Mikoszewo. The unexploded ordnance was part of an armoury left over from World War II that was recently uncovered by the river.

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Divers of the Navy brought to the surface, among others, 19 81mm calibre mortar grenades, 3 88mm calibre artillery shells, 21 80mm calibre shells and many other pieces of ammunition.

“These are mainly artillery shells. In the underwater work at the mouth of the Vistula River to the Baltic Sea, 16 Navy minesweeper divers from the 13th minesweeper Squadron are participating. During the first week of work, the divers excavated nearly 400 pieces of unexploded ordnance of various types and calibre”. – Lieutenant Commander Bartosz Zajda, spokesman for the Navy Commander, reports on the divers’ work.

Taking into account the specificity of the Polish part of the Baltic Sea and its past, it is not surprising that a special sapper-mining group was established to deal, among other things, with finds such as those described above.

With all kinds of work and construction going on along the coast, there is never a shortage of activity for a group of divers whose history dates back to the 1970s. Arsenals like this, torpedoes, mines and aerial bombs are their daily bread. If it weren’t for such a well-trained and prepared unit, the builders of harbours and other structures out to sea would have a huge headache.

Source: trojmiasto.pl
Photo: Navy

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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