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Sea mines on their way back to the Norwegian Armed Forces

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The navy will once again acquire sea mines that can destroy enemy ships. Here, an old mine at Bastøy outside Horten in the Oslofjord is blown up by the Norwegian Armed Forces. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB

Of NTB | 15.04.2024 03:23:02

Policy: – A single sea mine will be able to sink or damage ships of all sizes, says Commander Captain Bengt Berdal to Aftenposten.

“Sea mines are a cost-effective weapon system and the government will prioritize the acquisition of mine-laying systems,” says the Norwegian Defense Forces’ new long-term plan.

Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram (Sp) confirms the development:

– The government will invest broadly in the Armed Forces in all branches and throughout the country. Sea mines are part of this, he says.

– Just the suspicion that mines have been laid spreads great uncertainty for all traffic at sea, says Commander Captain Bengt Berdal, commander of the 1st Mine Clearing Squadron in the Norwegian Navy.

Therefore, just having the ability to lay sea mines will have a deterrent effect, according to Berdal.

(© NTB)

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