Fearing Sabotage, Europe Patrols Pipelines with Mine Hunters and Unmanned Subs

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The Italian navy mine hunter ITS Numana was sailing recently above a pipeline carrying natural gas from North Africa to Europe when its sonar detected a metal object close to the line.

“There was an obvious risk,” said Lt. Gianluigi Barberisi, the vessel’s commander. So the ship lowered a robot 650 feet below to take a closer look. It was a rusty table.

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