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The Fleet Flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark at sea with multinational vessels
The Fleet Flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark at sea with multinational vessels during IMCMEX 14.
Forty-two nations, engaged with their units in a training area stretching between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, launched IMCMEX 14 (International Mine Counter Measure Exercise), the largest exercise of its kind.
The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), the largest naval exercise in the Middle East, involves 44 participating nations from six continents.
The exercise 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), part of the U.S. 5th Fleet, responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Sea of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean and 20 countries.
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
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