IMCMEX is a multilateral defense exercise in multiple operating areas in the Arabian Gulf and builds upon last year's mine countermeasure focus by including:
"Our planners have included events that address more of the security picture than just mines on the high seas."
IMCMEX 13, hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) /U.S. 5th Fleet, will be conducted in three phases:
Events scheduled during the exercise include Avenger, Hunt, Sandown, and other mine countermeasure ships and mine hunting operations; Sea Dragon airborne mine countermeasure operations; and USS Ponce, HMS Cardigan Bay afloat MCM support bases, international Explosive Ordnance Disposal mine hunting and diving operations, small boat exercises, UAV operations, UUV operations and port clearance operations focused toward underwater improvised explosive devices.