MoD neutralizes mines in Caspian Sea [PHOTO]
The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has neutralized six large naval mines (КБ-1) detected in the Caspian Sea, the ministry reported on May 10.
The mines were discovered at a depth up to 60 meters during the exploration of the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, the report added.
The mines were cleared by specialized ships and competent professionals of the Naval Forces in line with security procedures and in collaboration with other government agencies.
Overall, four warships, four boats, and 133 servicemen were involved in the demining process, the ministry underlined.
All activities in the Azerbaijani part of the Caspian Sea are now proceeding normally.
On May 10, the Defence Ministry reported that six large mine ships have been discovered at the depth of up to 60 meters during the exploration in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
The mines were found during a mission conducted in the Azerbaijani sector by a branch of the Umid Babek Operating Company.
During an inspection conducted by ships and qualified specialists of the Naval Forces involved in the water area of the sea used as a training range for minesweeper formations during the former USSR period, it was found out that the discovered objects were six large ship mines (K-1) dropped into the water without full compliance with mine-laying standards, the report added.
It is planned to neutralize the detected mines and continue the search activities in cooperation with other state agencies in compliance with security measures and weather conditions.
For security reasons, the mine detection area was temporarily closed for ships.
The legal status of the Caspian Sea was finally established in 2018. The Caspian Sea littoral states adopted a convention on the Caspian Sea status at the Aktau summit in August 2018.
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