Bulgarian Navy Safely Neutralizes Sea Mine Threat Near Varna

Bulgarian Navy successfully eliminated a potentially hazardous sea mine located just two miles east of Pasha Dere, a popular beach approximately 19 kilometers from the bustling city of Varna

Upon receiving the report, the minesweeper Struma was swiftly dispatched to the designated area to assess and neutralize the threat
Upon receiving the report, the minesweeper Struma was swiftly dispatched to the designated area to assess and neutralize the threat

Struma Minesweeper Team Executes Controlled Explosion, Ensuring Safe Navigation

 

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In a display of swift and decisive action, the Bulgarian Navy successfully eliminated a potentially hazardous sea mine located just two miles east of Pasha Dere, a popular beach approximately 19 kilometers from the bustling city of Varna

The operation, conducted on May 14, underscored the Navy’s commitment to safeguarding maritime security and ensuring the safety of coastal communities.

The discovery of the sea mine came during a routine training voyage when the crew of a motor boat detected the ominous presence beneath the waves. 

Upon receiving the report, the minesweeper Struma was swiftly dispatched to the designated area to assess and neutralize the threat.

Subsequent identification revealed the mine to be of the KPM type, a relic from the Cold War era, first introduced by the Soviet Union in 1957. 

Despite its age, the mine posed a significant danger, equipped with three chemical horns designed to thwart beach invasions and maritime intrusions.

With precision and caution, the Struma’s specialist team towed the mine to a safe distance from the coastline before executing a controlled explosion, rendering the device harmless. 

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Throughout the operation, stringent safety protocols were meticulously observed, ensuring the protection of both personnel and the surrounding environment.

The Ministry of Defence emphasized the ongoing vigilance of naval forces in their commitment to anti-mine actions, aimed at guaranteeing the unimpeded navigation of vessels within Bulgarian waters. 

In the wake of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine in February 2022, occasional incidents involving sea mines have underscored the persistent threat posed by these relics of past conflicts, some dating back several decades.

The successful neutralization of the sea mine near Varna serves as a testament to the professionalism and preparedness of the Bulgarian Navy in responding to emergent maritime threats. 

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By swiftly eliminating the danger, they have reaffirmed their role as guardians of coastal security, instilling confidence among residents and visitors alike.

Local authorities have commended the Navy’s swift response and thorough execution of the operation, underscoring the importance of maintaining robust maritime defense capabilities in the face of evolving security challenges. 

The incident near Pasha Dere serves as a stark reminder of the enduring legacy of past conflicts and the imperative of remaining vigilant in safeguarding against potential threats to maritime safety and security.

As the Bulgarian Navy continues to uphold its commitment to ensuring safe navigation in territorial waters, efforts to detect and neutralize any further maritime hazards remain ongoing. 

Through continued cooperation and coordination, stakeholders are united in their dedication to preserving the integrity of Bulgaria’s maritime domain, safeguarding against potential threats, and upholding the principles of peace and security in the region.

 

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