– Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East, Oct. 27 - Nov. 13.
This IMCMEX is poised to build upon the success of IMCMEX 12 and 13. Last year IMCMEX – the largest exercise of its kind – brought together approximately 6,500 service members May 6-23, 2013, in activities that spanned the region and combined existing and new maritime capabilities.
Hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet, IMCMEX will be conducted in four phases: staff build-up and integration; table top discussions and system verifications; at-sea mine countermeasure, maritime infrastructure protection and maritime security operations; and a re-integration phase where participants discuss best practices and lessons learned for future exercises.
Similar to last year, participants will exercise the afloat staging base concept aboard USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) and RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009), and will cover surface, underwater, and air maritime operations. Operations will include mine countermeasures, diving operations, small-boat exercises, maritime security operations, coordinated with industry and commercial shipping, unmanned underwater vehicle operations, port clearance tactics, and a visit, board, search and seizure seminar.
NAVCENT is 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.