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On the hunt for mines

(credit: French Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) The French navy has deployed a new type of ship off the coast of Libya. The Acheron mine clearance divers base building (BBPD). Mission: assess the damage in the various Libyans, in particular the presence of explosive devices. A necessity after 7 months of conflicts. Mine clearance divers will thus “be able to neutralize explosive devices if necessary,” according to the navy. A mission which “takes place in close coordination with the authorities and the Libyan navy, in particular with Libyan mine clearance divers”. The ports of Tripoli, Al Khoms and Misratah have already been recognized. And Acheron divers worked on 6 wrecks of Libyan warships and destroyed several munitions that presented an imminent danger. In Misratah, clearance divers notably neutralized a sea mine that Colonel Gaddafi's forces had laid last April.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).