Navy divers based in Cartagena intervene three Civil War shells in the port of Valencia

Navy divers based in Cartagena intervene three Civil War shells in the port of Valencia
Navy divers intervene three Civil War shells in the port of Valencia

A Special Explosives Disposal Team (EDE) from the Navy’s Countermine Measures Diving Unit (UBMCM), based in Cartagena, intercepted three projectiles this Monday in front of the number 3 cruise ship dock in Valencia.

Specifically, the munitions, from the Civil War, were located 12 metres from the number 3 cruise ship pier and submerged 16 metres from the surface.

Citizen collaboration gave the initial warning to the Valencia Naval Command, which notified the Guardia Civil of the situation of a possible explosive device submerged in the outer dock of the port of Valencia.

The Guardia Civil deployed the Underwater Activities Group (GEAS), which confirmed and identified the discovery as a possible projectile and, in addition, found two more possible projectiles, notifying the Navy’s Maritime Action Operations and Surveillance Centre (COVAM) in Cartagena.

The headquarters of the Maritime Action Force, through the COVAM, deployed a team of explosives deactivators from the UBMCM, who, using special explosive charges, confirmed the identification of three breaker projectiles, two 105mm and one 155mm, from the Spanish Civil War.

The operation was coordinated by the Valencia Naval Command, with the collaboration of the Port Authority and the Valencia Maritime Captaincy, the Civil Guard with two vessels from the Underwater Activities Group and another from the Maritime Service, and the Military Emergency Unit (UME) with the assistance of an advanced life support ambulance.

The MCM Diver Unit belongs to the Fleet and reports, both organically and operationally, to the Commander of the Mine Action Force.

Like the rest of the Navy’s diving units, it has personnel specialised in deactivating underwater explosive devices, as well as divers specialised in underwater mine disabling techniques (EOD-Sub), being the only ones trained to carry out this type of task. This activity, in the maritime and coastal area, is the exclusive competence of the Navy.

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