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Mine found floating in Puget Sound from 2005 naval exercise

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

A pair of U.S. Navy divers attach a rope to  “reported unexploded ordnance” drifting in the water Tuesday between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island, off Brownsville, Wash. Brownsville is located a few miles south of Naval Base Kitsap. (Meegan M. Reid / Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun)
A pair of U.S. Navy divers attach a rope to “reported unexploded ordnance” drifting in the water Tuesday between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island, off Brownsville, Wash. Brownsville is located a few miles south of Naval Base Kitsap. (Meegan M. Reid / Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun)

SILVERDALE, Wash. – The U.S. Navy said the mine found floating in Puget Sound on Tuesday was an inert mine used during a 2005 exercise at its Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Keyport.

The Navy said Thursday the exercise was a chance for academics to demonstrate how unmanned underwater vehicles detect objects and avoid obstacles.

The object was reported Tuesday floating in waters between Brownsville and Bainbridge Island. Coast Guard and Navy bomb technicians detonated it later that night.

The Navy said inert training mines were placed in areas near Brownsville, Keyport and Bainbridge Island during the 2005 exercise. But not all of them floated to the surface so some were not recovered.

Officials said they will survey those areas to try to recover others.


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