UK: Royal Navy imparts mine neutralization training to Ukrainian troops

According to information published by the UK MoD on July 24, 2023, in a partnership designed to improve defense capabilities, the Royal Navy is providing specialized training to Ukrainian troops on neutralizing Russian-made explosives.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Royal Navy's Unmanned Underwater Vehicle during the training. (Picture source: UK MoD)

This knowledge exchange involves instructing Ukrainian personnel on how to safely find and disarm bombs, booby traps, and mines in their territories, thus ensuring safer conditions for their people and the commercial shipping industry post-conflict.

Diving and Threat Exploitation Group (DTXG) of the Royal Navy, known for their extensive experience in neutralizing explosive threats on land and sea, spearhead this program.

Utilizing the remote waters of Loch Ewe in north-west Scotland, they imparted their expertise to Ukrainian Navy divers, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operators, and those handling uncrewed underwater vehicles.

This initiative further solidifies the training and support the Royal Navy has extended to Ukrainian personnel over the last year, reinforcing the UK's commitment to Ukraine against Russia's illegal invasion.

The training, involving NATO allies such as the US, France, Belgium, and Georgia, fortifies the skills of the Ukrainian Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures team for future operations.

The training curriculum encompasses clearing shipping lanes in deep water, ensuring safety in shallow waters and beaches for amphibious operations, and securing ports, jetties, and other infrastructures from potential threats. Advanced technologies, such as sensors on crewless underwater vehicles that generate images to identify threats, are extensively used in this program.

About the DTXG

Drawing from substantial real-world experience, including mine warfare operations and land-based bomb disposal, these professionals ensure the safety of maritime activities.

One notable aspect of the DTXG is their proficiency in using advanced technologies, such as uncrewed underwater vehicles. These devices are equipped with cutting-edge sensors that generate images of potential threats, allowing the unit to detect and neutralize threats from a safe distance.