October 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – After participating in a Baltic Sea NATO exercise aimed at enhancing Allied interoperability while contributing to Alliance assurance measures in this region, the Southern Cross mine-fighter building conducted a bilateral co-operation action with the Estonian Navy from 23 to 25 September. On this occasion, an Estonian liaison officer boarded three days on board.
The purpose of this cooperation was twofold: the research and the neutralization of any mine identified. A mine dating from the First World War was discovered and destroyed by the crew of the Southern Cross.
At the end of this counter-mining operation, the Southern Cross made a stopover in Helsinki before continuing its deployment.
Let us recall that Estonia is one of the European partners engaged alongside the Barkhane force in the Sahel and that a French detachment – the Lynx detachment – is currently deployed in Tapa as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence (eFP) .