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International Mine Countermeasures Exercise

The 7th annual Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium (MIPS) will be held on April 5-6, 2016, in conjunction with the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX).

Formation

Royal Navy ship HMS Defender and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Cardigan Bay anchor a formation of coalition mine countermeasures and maritime security vessels at sea, operating in support of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX).

Underway

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Taylor Orner, assigned to the USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) keeps watch while underway during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). | U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn

U.S. Secretary of State Visits 5th Fleet

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Sailors from the Avenger-class Mine Countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6). | U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon
Headline News
April 26, 2016 - Leaders of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) brought the exercise to a close and highlighted the need to continue training with scenarios that are likely to occur in real life in order to keep waterways safe.
April 21, 2016 - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) released a revision to its theater-wide liberty policy April 12, emphasizing comprehensive assessments of all service members behaviors – on and off duty – prior to granting liberty in order to prevent adverse incidents.
April 20, 2016 - Divers from five nations are training together to identify and neutralize mines and other threats in
April 11, 2016 - U.S. and Royal Navy ships sailed into the Arabian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz to practice working together to address threats such as piracy, terrorism, and mines.
April 9, 2016 - The exercise includes mine countermeasures, diving operations, small-boat exercises, maritime security operations coordinated with industrial and commercial shipping, unmanned underwater vehicle operations, and port clearance operations.
Videos of the Fleet

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s mission is to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.