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Wrecked minesweeper skipper relieved from duty

19 September 2019
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The Spanish Navy has relieved from command the captain of a minesweeper that was badly damaged after running onto rocks during the search for a missing air force trainer aircraft in August.

Segura-class minehunter SPS Turia had to be refloated and towed away from the accident site off La Manga, the narrow spit that separates the Mar Menor - a large inlet in the southeastern region of Murcia - from the Mediterranean.

It was taken to the nearby yards of state-owned shipbuilder Navantia, where it was built by the company's predecessors Izar and Bazan, alongside the port where it is now based in Cartagena.

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