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The Estonian navy defends territorial waters and lines of communication and ensures the safety of sea traffic. A top priority is the development of its mine-countermeasure capabilities. During the two world wars, more than 80,000 sea mines were laid in the Baltic Sea. Since 1995, mine-clearance exercises have been held repeatedly to find and dispose of the mines.

The navy is led by the Naval Flotilla Commander, part of the Operational Headquarters Staff of the Navy, which...

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