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US Navy Leads 30-Country Mine Countermeasures Exercise; William Warrender Comments

Canada_navy supply shipThe U.S. Naval Forces Command has helped to kick off the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, a gathering of international naval and civilian maritime forces from six continents and 30 countries in Bahrain.

The event will tackle exercises that train participants to execute a spectrum of defensive operations that works to protect international commerce and trade including mine countermeasures, maritime security, operations and maritime infrastructure protection, the Navy said Monday.

“Our aim in IMCMEX 16 is to conduct exercises with our partner nations that allow us to continue to develop our interoperability and capability to ensure that we are ready to meet potential challenges now and in the future,” said William Warrender, combined maritime forces deputy commander for the British navy.

IMCMEX will feature new technologies such as unmanned underwater vehicles, exercise the USNS Choctaw County sealift capabilities and carry out other operations.

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