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October 31, 2014 / iDriveWarships

International Mine Countermeasures Exercise Underway in Arabian Gulf

Clearance divers from Fleet Diving Unit 3 assigned to Task Group 523.3, along with divers from the Royal Naval Force of Jordan, conduct a search dive as part of IMCMEX.

The world’s largest naval exercise, the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), kicked off this week in Manama, Bahrain with 44 participating nations from six continents.

Organized and led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, IMCMEX began with the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium on Oct. 27.

IMCMEX is an opportunity for more than 6,500 personnel from navies around the world to execute the intricate defensive techniques necessary to search for and dispose of mines, which represent a threat to all nations worldwide.

The initial stages of IMCMEX will take place ashore, allowing participating nations to ensure they can communicate with each other. Representatives will then have an opportunity to plan operations and maneuvers together. Once the task group sails, the ships will practice at-sea mine countermeasure operations, as well as maritime infrastructure protection and maritime security operations.

The exercise runs through Nov. 13 and will end with an opportunity to discuss best practices and lessons learned for future exercises.

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