Belgian mine hunter will set off for the Mediterranean on Monday

Belgian mine hunter will set off for the Mediterranean on Monday
Credit: Belga.

A Belgian tripartite mine hunter and a crew of 47 sailors will set sail next Monday for the Mediterranean Sea to join one of the two NATO flotillas responsible for the fight against mines.

According to Belga News Agency, the mission should last five months, with the Belgian mine hunter assigned to the 'Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group Two' (SNMCMG-2).

This group is one of the four permanent naval groups available to NATO and one of the two that specialises in mine warfare.

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Two of these fleets operate primarily in northern Europe and the other in the south - mainly in the Mediterranean and occasionally in the Black Sea.

However, Belgium's participation in the present force in the south is extremely rare, with the last instance occurring during the Libyan War in 2011.

A military spokesperson has denied that they will be deployed in the Black Sea, near the current war zone in Ukraine.

Even though Ludivine Dedonder, the Defence Minister, stated in July that a de-mining operation may take place there to safeguard the routes utilised for the delivery of Ukrainian cereal exports.

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