Maritime forces from the US and South Korea have commenced a multinational mine warfare exercise in collaboration with personnel from the United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations.
The exercise is being conducted in waters off the eastern coast of South Korea and is expected to ensure mine countermeasure interoperability and readiness.
A variety of countermeasure vessels, aircraft and explosive ordnance personnel are set to carry out a series of activities during the exercise, which will help the navies practice procedures and tactics to detect and neutralise sea mines in order to provide safe navigation routes within the region.
The countries participating in the multinational mine warfare exercise include Canada, the Philippines, South Korea and the US.
Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7 commodore US Navy captain Jim Miller said: “This exercise is an incredible opportunity for our [mine countermeasure] forces and our staff to conduct complex mine countermeasure operations with our much-valued allies and friends in support of the Republic of Korea Navy, and other nations committed to defending the Korean Peninsula.”
The US Naval Forces Korea and the South Korean Navy hosted their fourth annual Mine Countermeasures Symposium at the Republic of Korea Fleet Headquarters prior to starting the exercise.
The symposium took place over three days and was designed to improve mine countermeasure coordination, training and cooperation, as well as enhance the navies’ capabilities in mine countermeasures operations.
It was attended by representatives from nine UNC Sending States, including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and the UK.
Image: Sailors aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior prepare to launch a mine neutralisation vehicle during Exercise Foal Eagle. Photo: courtesy of the US Navy by petty officer 2nd class Jermaine M. Ralliford.