NATO mine sweeps off coast

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – A NATO squadron of five to six ships has been scouring the Dutch coast for bombs and mines since last weekend. They are mainly looking for explosives that were dropped over the North Sea during World War II. The Dutch mine sweeper Hr Ms Makkum is also taking part in the clearing action, the ministry of defence reported on Monday.

6 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – A NATO squadron of five to six ships has been scouring the Dutch coast for bombs and mines since last weekend. They are mainly looking for explosives that were dropped over the North Sea during World War II. The Dutch mine sweeper Hr Ms Makkum is also taking part in the clearing action, the ministry of defence reported on Monday.

The action is part of an ongoing collaboration between Belgium, Germany, the UK, Latvia and the Netherlands to check the North Sea for explosives that could pose danger to fishing and shipping activities.

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Subject: Dutch news

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