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The minehunter M-33 'Tambre' calls at the Italian port of Cagliari for exercise Dynamic Mariner

In the Mediterranean Sea
October 27, 2023
  • During its participation in this NATO exercise, the minehunter is simulating minefield clearance to ensure free and safe passage in the area of operations.

The minehunter 'Tambre' is taking part in the NATO exercise 'Dynamic Mariner 23/Mare Aperto 23' off the Italian coast from 23 October to 6 November. More than 20 surface ships and air assets are taking part in this operational activity. The surface assets include NATO's Standing Counter Mine Action Grouping No. 2 (SNMCMG-2), which includes the 'Tambre', under the operational control of the Operations Command.

This exercise serves as training for NATO Response Force maritime units to increase the interoperability and readiness of their units.

Standing Counter Measures Group No. 2

The participation of the 'Tambre' in these operations reinforces the national commitment to deterrence and shared defence and contributes to the unity and interoperability of NATO forces.

During this period, the Grouping sails in Mediterranean waters conducting counter-mine countermeasures operations to ensure freedom of navigation and participating in multinational exercises to increase its readiness and preparedness.

This minehunter is the third unit of the Navy's "Segura" class minehunters. It is manned by 46 men and women who form a team specialised in the detection, classification, identification and destruction/neutralisation of naval mines. It has variable depth sonar and two underwater vehicles as its main means to carry out these tasks. The ship left its home port in Cartagena on 12 September to join the SNMCMG-2 group.