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Naval vessels locate mines on the bottom of the Baltic Sea

Listen to this article Naval vessels have conducted mine reconnaissance in the area around Kołobrzeg. As a result several sunken mines were found. Now the dangerous remnants of World War II will undoubtedly be dealt with by mine divers. This past Wednesday, 26 May, Navy vessels conducted operations as part of Operation #SolidarnaBelona. One of
Published: May 28, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:40
Naval vessels locate mines on the bottom of the Baltic Sea
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Naval vessels have conducted mine reconnaissance in the area around Kołobrzeg. As a result several sunken mines were found. Now the dangerous remnants of World War II will undoubtedly be dealt with by mine divers.

This past Wednesday, 26 May, Navy vessels conducted operations as part of Operation #SolidarnaBelona. One of the elements was conducting mine reconnaissance and searching for dangerous objects of mines lying on the sea bottom. The unexploded ordnance located in the Pomeranian Bay was secured and marked.

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Mine at the bottom of the Pomeranian Bay
Mines found at the bottom of Pomeranian Bay Photo: Ensign Marcin Purman/8FOW

During the activities of the Naval Mine Defence Force and the NATO Standing Mine Defence Team Group 1, a check of the seabed was carried out. A number of objects were detected, some of which were identified as World War II era naval mines. The detected mines were secured and marked. Information about the dangerous objects was sent to the Mine Clearance Patrol of the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla. informed via its social media channels the Navy

Unexploded ordnance in the Baltic Sea
At the beginning of June the uncovered mines will be dealt with by specialists Photo: Ensign Marcin Purman/8FOW
Next steps

Specialists in “explosive” souvenirs of World War II will deal with the newly discovered objects in early June. The type of methods used will depend on the circumstances and situation with each mine found. Most likely they will be towed out to sea at a safe distance and then detonated. Previously, in the case of some unexploded ordnance, experts have also used the method deflagration.

Several objects have indeed been found north of Kolobrzeg as part of Operation Solidarna Bellona. They are located off the fairway, about 8 nautical miles from Kolobrzeg and at the moment pose no threat to shipping. They lie at a depth of approximately 17 metres. These are the remains of World War II, which will be checked by our mine divers. This will be done by the greatest specialists we have, i.e. divers of the 12th minesweeper Squadron. informed Cdr Lt. Grzegorz Lewandowski, Spokesman of the 8th Flotilla Defence

The manoeuvres will last until the end of the week. Apart from vessels from Poland, ships from Belgium, Estonia, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK are also taking part.

Photo: Ensign Marcin Purman/8FOW


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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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