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.
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.