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Turkish Navy minesweepers train in the Sea of Marmara

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The Turkish mine clearing ship T.C.G Akcay performs a mine clearing exercise in the Sea of Marmara, ensuring its ability to neutralise the deadly threat of sea mines.

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To counter the serious threat of sea mines, NATO keeps two Mine Countermeasures Group– one based in the Baltic Sea, the other in the Mediterranean - on standby at all times. The Turkish minehunter TCG Akçay recently conducted a counter-mine exercise, ensuring its readiness to handle all taskings.
TCG Akçay – which previously served with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) – has a variety of means to dispose of sea mines. Its powerful sonar can detect mines that are either moored or ground in the sea floor, while a special system reduces the ship’s magnetic field, preventing it against sea mines. Once a mine has been detected, the ship can deploy a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to confirm the nature of the explosive, and mine clearance divers to render it safe, often by detonating it in place.
Sea mines are cheap to manufacture and easy to deploy, but indiscriminate in the damage they can cause, making them a particularly serious threat to both military and civilian shipping.
Footage includes shots of the Akcay finding and neutralising a simulated sea mine, and a recorded interview with a Turkish Navy officer.

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—SHOTLIST—
(00:00) CLOSE UP – TURKISH SAILOR RAISING FLAG
(00:03) CLOSE UP – TURKISH SAILOR TYING ROPE
(00:06) CLOSE UP SLOW MOTION – NO SOUND – TURKISH FLAG
(00:10) MEDIUM SHOT SLOW MOTION – NO SOUND – T.C.G. AKCAY AT SEA
(00:19) MEDIUM SHOT – LOOKING OVER BOUGH OF T.C.G. AKCAY AT SEA
(00:25) MEDIUM SHOT – CREW DON PROTECTIVE GEAR
(00:29) CLOSE UP SLOW MOTION – NO SOUND – CREW DON PROTECTIVE GEAR
(00:34) MEDIUM SHOT – CREW DON PROTECTIVE GEAR
(00:39) MULTIPLE SHOTS – CREW LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS
(01:12) MEDIUM SHOT - TURKISH MARINES OPEN SUBMERSIBLE STORAGE ROOM
(01:20) MULTIPLE SHOTS – CREW PREPARE AND LOWER REMOTELY OPERATED SUBMERSIBLE INTO THE SEA
(01:40) GO PRO SHOT - REMOTELY OPERATED SUBMERSIBLE IN THE SEA
(01:52) VARIOUS SHOTS INTERIOR – COMBAT INFORMATION CENTRE ONBOARD SHIP CONTROLLING SUBMERSIBLE
(02:13) VARIOUS SHOTS – TURKISH NAVY DIVER PREPARES EQUIPMENT FOR DIVING
(02:59) CLOSE UP – TURKISH DIVER ENTERS THE SEA
(03:03) VARIOUS SLOW MOTION SHOTS – NO SOUND – TURKISH NAVY DIVER AT SURFACE OF WATER TESTING EQUIPMENT
(03:34) VARIOUS GO PRO SHOTS – TURKISH DIVERS INSPECT TETHER ON FLOATING SIMULATED SEA MINE
(04:12) WIDE SHOT – SIMULATION SEA MINE FLOATS TO SURFACE
(04:20) VARIOUS CLOSE UP SHOTS – CREW ON BRIDGE OBSERVE MINE CLEARING OPERATION
(04:38) LONG SHOT – TRAINING MINE IS DETONATED
(04:45) DRONE SHOT – NO SOUND - TRAINING MINE IS DETONATED
(04:49) VARIOUS SHOTS – DIVERS RETURN TO SHIP
(04:59) VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS - T.C.G. AKCAY AT SEA

(05:37) SOUNDBITE IN TURKISH – Petty officer Senior Sergeant Muhammed Burak Temiz. TCG Akçay Mine warfare diver.

"Mine warfare divers are professional diving and demining personnel consisting of officers, petty officers and specialised sergeants who have successfully completed 4.5 months of challenging training.
Thanks to our training, we are ready for duty at any time.
We are experts as mine warfare divers, and when we approach the mine, we feel the excitement of doing our duty, not fear."
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NATO924227
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