Norwegian Navy's minesweeper Otra, left, and Estonian mine-hunter Admiral Cowen, right, are seen in the military port of Swinoujscie, Poland, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance’s efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe’s ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine. The ships — the minesweeper and the support ship from Norway and one mine-hunter each from the Netherlands, Belgium and Estonia — left the German port of Kiel for an exercise and arrived in Poland for their first port visit of the deployment. The ships will visit several Baltic ports and also participate in previously scheduled operations to dispose of ordinance from the two world wars.
Norwegian Navy's minesweeper Otra, left, and Estonian mine-hunter Admiral Cowen, right, are seen in the military port of Swinoujscie, Poland, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance’s efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe’s ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine. The ships — the minesweeper and the support ship from Norway and one mine-hunter each from the Netherlands, Belgium and Estonia — left the German port of Kiel for an exercise and arrived in Poland for their first port visit of the deployment. The ships will visit several Baltic ports and also participate in previously scheduled operations to dispose of ordinance from the two world wars. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Norwegian Navy's minesweeper Otra, left, and Estonian mine-hunter Admiral Cowen, right, are seen in the military port of Swinoujscie, Poland, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance’s efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe’s ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine. The ships — the minesweeper and the support ship from Norway and one mine-hunter each from the Netherlands, Belgium and Estonia — left the German port of Kiel for an exercise and arrived in Poland for their first port visit of the deployment. The ships will visit several Baltic ports and also participate in previously scheduled operations to dispose of ordinance from the two world wars. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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