29 Jul '16, 11pm
#USSPatriot, #Japan build interoperability through mine countermeasures exercise
OMINATO, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Mine Countermeasures (MCM) units and Japanese Self Defense Force MCM units completed 2JA 2016 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MCMEX), July 28. 2JA Mine Countermeasures Exercise is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Japan to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations. "We achieved a lot in terms of interoperability this 2JA," said Capt. Jim Miller, commodore, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7. "From putting Japanese explosive ordnance personnel on our helicopters as part of helicopter casting to passing Q-route data, we were truly able to work hand in hand to detect and neutralize potential mines." A range of U.S. units participated including USS Patriot (MCM 7), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, Helicopter Sea Co...