30 Oct '14, 12pm

Navy's Largest Exercise Underway in the Middle East

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), the world's largest naval exercise, with 44 participating nations from six continents, began with the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium in Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 27. The exercise is organized and led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet. IMCMEX is an opportunity for more than 6,500 personnel from navies around the world to hone the intricate defensive techniques necessary to search for and dispose of mines, which represent a threat to all nations worldwide. "I am delighted that we are hosting IMCMEX here in the Gulf," said Commodore Keith Blount, Royal Navy, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) deputy commander and IMCMEX lead. "Freedom of navigation on the high seas and in international straits is critical to keeping the global economy running smoothly. This exe...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84148

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