MCMEX
160311-N-MP556-053 Okinawa, JAPAN (Mar. 11, 2016) Mine countermeasure ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departs White Beach Naval Facility to join up with USS Chief (MCM 14) as they prepare to conduct squadron level mine countermeasure training which includes mine hunting and mine sweeping. Patriot and Chief are assigned to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Levy/Released)
U.S.-Japan Mine Countermeasures Assets Set to Begin Annual Mine Countermeasures Exercise

OMINATO, Japan - U.S. mine countermeasures (MCM) units and Japanese Self Defense Force MCM units are scheduled to commence 2JA 2016 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MCMEX), July 17.

2JA Mine Countermeasures Exercise is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Japan to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations.

"We are looking forward to working again and learning from our Japanese counterparts," said Capt. James Miller, commodore, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7. "Mine countermeasures remains a critical capability in this dynamic theater. And this exercise will pay dividends in increasing our ability to execute these types of missions."

During the exercise, participating units will practice unit-level mine countermeasures tactics to include sweeping, hunting, helicopter casting, and neutralization using remotely operated vehicles, sonar, and sweep gear.

EOD personnel will conduct dive operations from JMSDF ships, US Ships and MH-60S helicopters in support of mine countermeasures efforts.

The exercise will culminate in a combined phase in which U.S. and JMSDF will coordinate and communicate to clear a route for ships through a simulated minefield in one of the designated exercise areas

U.S. units participating include USS Patriot (MCM 7), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, and staff from Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7.

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