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  • 13 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s diver support ship FGS Rottweil (M 1061) set sail for Klaipeda, Lithuania on May 12. The vessel and its crew will join minesweepers from different nation to take part in NATO’s ‘Open Spirit’ maneuver. Open Spirit arose from from the exercises of the joint mine countermeasures squadron of the Baltic states, the Baltic Naval Squadron […]

  • 24 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Participants of the international naval exercise Open Spirit 2016 found several mines just 3 kilometers off the Lithuanian only sea port on May 20. Lithuanian Navy divers subsequently destroyed the German WWII mines. Five naval mines, one torpedo, rocket parts and two still unidentified wrecks have been found so far during the NATO drill, which […]

  • 26 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Belgian Defense Minister will attend the multinational mine countermeasures (MCM) operation Open Spirit 2016 and observe participating ships conduct MCM tasks in the Baltic Sea on May 26. Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput will also meet the Lithuanian Defence Minister aboard the LNS Jotvingis to discuss security situation at the eastern and southern NATO borders, preparations […]

  • 18 August 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Latvian Navy is hosting this year’s edition of the international annual mine clearance and ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit which is taking place between August 18 and 31. The exercise aims to reduce the threat of unexploded ordnance throughout the Baltic Sea region, including seabed communications lines, international shipping routes, and fishing areas. It […]

  • 31 May 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The Danish Navy recently contributed their new concept in counter-mine efforts to exercise Open Spirit in the Baltic Sea as part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1. The new system is flexible, scalable and utilizes drones to minimize danger to Sailors. The system is called Mine Countermeasures Denmark (MCM DNK) and is a modular […]

  • 31 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Open Spirit 2016 participants were able to utilize their minehunting skills as they destroyed mines and other sea obstacles which posed a threat to Baltic Sea shipping lanes for decades. The international NATO maneuver which took place off Klaipeda, Lithuania concluded May 27. Minehunting units have scanned 185 square kilometers of seafloor and identified 912 objects […]

  • 11 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Mine countermeasure ships and personnel from 15 navies gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the start of the international Baltic Sea ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit. The exercise kicks off Friday and is joined by ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) among others. Open Spirit will take place Estonian waters ranging from Tallinn to […]

  • 28 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Estonian-hosted mine warfare drill Open Spirit concluded in the Baltic Sea on May 25. The two-week multinational naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation took place in two main areas – around Tallin, and around the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumma. In addition to ships from Baltic states’ navies, the exercise was joined by ships […]

  • 21 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Lithuanian-led historical ordnance disposal operation Open Spirit 2019 concluded on May 16 after two weeks of maneuvers. Open Spirit is an international maritime operation led on a rotating basis by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Lithuanian Navy led the operation in 2019 in coordination with the NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Estonian naval forces are hosting this year’s edition of the international Baltic Sea ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit. The exercise is taking place from May 11 to 25 and will welcome 800 participants, the Estonian defense ministry announced following a January 23 planning conference which took place in Tallinn, Estonia. Exercises will take place […]

  • 3 September 2013
    Training & Education

    On Wednesday, 28 August 2013, the historical ordnance disposal operation Open Spirit 2013 ended in the east Baltic. During the ten-day operation twelve ships and four EOD teams from eight nations searched the sea bed for underwater explosives. During this time SNMCMG1 covered the area of 24 square nautical miles, finding and identifying 134 contacts […]

  • 15 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    It is estimated that around 75 thousand mines were places in the Baltic Sea during the two World Wars. An unknown number of those is still there. The annual historical ordnance disposal operation, named Open Spirit, is scheduled to take place off Estonia this year in an effort to search the sea bed and clear […]

  • 19 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Yesterday the ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) joined in OPEN SPIRIT 2015, an annual Historical Ordnance Disposal operation led this year by the Estonian Navy. OPEN SPIRIT is a multinational Partnership for Peace naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, which will continue through May 29. The ships of SNMCMG1, along […]

  • 23 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 (EODMU 8), Platoon 802 wrapped up their participation in exercise Open Spirit 2014, May 22.   Held annually in one of the Baltic States, the exercise aims to clear shipping routes, communication lines, and fishing areas and search for and dispose of explosive ordnance left over on […]

  • 27 August 2013
    Training & Education

    On 20th of August 2013, the ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) joined in Exercise OPEN SPIRIT 2013, the largest Historical Ordnance Disposal exercise in the Baltic this year. OPEN SPIRIT is a Lithuanian-led annual multinational Partnership for Peace naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, which will continue through the end […]

  • 26 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Detonating historic ordnance in the waters around Estonia Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) vessels are currently engaged in OPEN SPIRIT 2015, an annual Historical Ordnance Disposal operation, which is led this year by the Estonian Navy. The group joined the operation on May 18. This multinational Partnership for Peace naval mine clearance and ordnance […]

  • 13 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Members of US Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 (EODMU 8) are participating in the international naval force exercise Open Spirit 2014, which kicked off its active phase in the Irbe Strait and the waters off the western Latvia coast, May 12.   Held annually in one of the Baltic States, exercise participants hone […]

  • 9 August 2011
    Training & Education

    Harbor Defense Division of Baltiysk Naval Base is completing preparations for the Open Spirit 2011 international minesweeping exercise to be held late in Aug. Crews of harbor minesweepers Sergei Kolbasiev and BT-230 headed by the division commander Capt 1 rank Pavel Prosekov tested the ships at sea. The ships practiced joint maneuvering, searched and swept […]

  • 7 September 2011
    Training & Education

      Baltic Fleet (BF) minesweeping group headed by Capt 1 rank Pavel Prosekov has successfully accomplished all tasks of international minesweeping exercise Open Spirit 2011 and returned to Baltiysk. Eighteen warships from Russia, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and France took part in the recent exercise. The international task group spent 14 […]

  • 28 August 2017
    Authorities

    NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasure Group 1 is set to make a port call in Finland after concluding participation in the Latvian-hosted mine clearance and ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit. The international drill is taking place between August 18 and 31. SNMCMG1 ships are set to arrive in Turku, Finland, on September 1. The group will be […]

  • 29 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Members of a Latvian explosive ordnance disposal team used demolition charges to detonate a World War II-era German bottom-mine in Estonian waters, in the Baltic Sea. The operation was conducted as part of the conducting mine countermeasures operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia during Exercise Open Spirit 2015. EODMU-8 is working […]

  • 30 December 2011
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ten military delegations from the US, India, China, Turkey, and CIS visited Baltic Fleet (BF) in 2011 under Russian defense ministry’s foreign cooperation development program. BF representatives paid 6 visits to foreign states in 2011. For instance, the delegation headed by BF Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov in Oct 2011 and Nov 2011 visited Sweden […]

  • 23 June 2015
    Authorities

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Commander of the Estonian Navy Capt. Sten Sepper aboard the Estonian Navy’s flagship minesweeper, the ENS Admiral Cowan, June 19. While aboard, Mabus was briefed on regional security issues and the Estonian Navy’s minesweeping capabilities. Estonian participation in multinational exercises such as BALTOPS, OPEN SPIRIT and SABER […]

  • 15 July 2016
    Authorities

    German Navy tender Elbe departed her homeport in Warnemünde, Germany on July 14 to meet up with Estonian and Lithuanian ships before they join NATO’s standing mine countermeasure group 1 (SNMCMG1). The tender is to meet with the Estonian minehunter Sakala and the Lithuanian patrol boat Skalvis in Kiel, Germany from where the three ships are set to […]

  • 25 July 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s Frankenthal-class minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg will be joining NATO’ Standing Mine Counter Measure Group 1 (SNMCMG1) operating in the Baltic and North Seas, the German Navy has announced. The minehunter is set to depart its home port of Kiel, Germany, on July 28 to spend the following five months with the NATO maritime group. Sulzbach-Rosenberg […]

  • 25 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Photos: Belgian Navy Belgian Navy’s minehunter BNS Primula officially joined the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 on March 14 and on March 21 began its deployment as it, together with other ships from the group, sailed out of the Zeebruge harbor in Belgium. During the three months the ship will spend with NATO, Primula […]

  • 12 December 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg returned to its homeport in Kiel on December 12, concluding its NATO deployment. The minehunter spent the past five months as part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1. The group spent time training and clearing mines in areas ranging from Finland to France. During this time, FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg covered 10,000 […]

  • 21 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    German Navy’s Frankenthal-class mine hunter FGS Bad Bevensen is scheduled to depart its Kiel homeport on February 25 to join the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG1). The minehunter will spend the next five months operating in the North and Baltic Seas. FGS Bad Bevensen will be under the command of Corvette Captain […]

  • 3 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Portsmouth based Minehunter HMS Quorn has spent the past two weeks taking part in a NATO operation to clear historic minefields off the coast of Estonia. Called “Open Spirit”, the operation is an annual event carried out by NATO with ships from member states locating, and neutralising, some of the 85,000 mines laid in the […]