September 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee detonated an old airplane bomb in the North Sea this afternoon. That happened about 50 kilometers west of Rotterdam.
Clearance of the explosive was given a high priority because the missile was at a point where ships often anchor. If the bomb were hit, it would have had major consequences.
The clearance went fairly smoothly, because there was no big splash. There was, however, a loud bang.
The Zierikzee is one of the mine hunters of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship’s main task is to keep the sea, coastal waters and harbor estuaries free from mines.
The mine hunters do this both in conflict areas and on the North Sea. There are still many explosives from the Second World War, which still pose a danger to passing shipping.