It has been a very demanding week for the ships' crews that were engaged in several mine warfare training missions. The ships have been involved in the detection of exercise mines (decoys) laid prior to the beginning of the exercise.
For the detection of the decoys, the crews have been using the sonars of the ships, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) and special divers.
Congratulations to the EUROMARFOR Task Group for the contribution to the detection of two old mines, particularly to the French Mine Hunter Capricorne for being the first unit to detect them (probably from World War II).
At the same time that the crews were involved in the mine warfare missions they had to deal with other events, notably by attacks of asymmetric threats and damage control.
It has been a very fruitful training and an excellent exchange of experiences between the force crews.
During the weekend the ships will be moored in La Spezia Naval Base, in order to prepare the last phase of the exercise. We hope they have some time to visit the beautiful coast of Liguria.