170925-N-WT427-003 JEJU-DO, Republic of Korea (Sep 26, 2017) The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM-14) pulls into Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea (ROK) as part of a routine port visit. Chief is part of the Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7 and Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, and is training to enhance its capabilities of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. (U.S. Navy photo by Commander, ROK Fleet)
USS Chief Arrives in Busan ahead of MN MIWEX

BUSAN, Republic of Korea – The mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Busan Oct. 10 for a routine port call as they make final preparations for the Multinational Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MN MIWEX).

MN MIWEX consists of ships, aircraft, and explosive ordnance units who will participate in a week of drills meant to detect and neutralize mines in order to create safe navigation routes off the Korean peninsula.

“We’re looking forward to participating with our partners and building on our joint capabilities and enhancing interoperability,” said Lt. Cmdr. William Russell, commanding officer, USS Chief. “We share the region and responsibility of maintaining freedom of navigation, so it’s crucial that we continue to strengthen our bonds and ability to operate together.”

While in Busan Sailors will enjoy the rich culture the city has to offer before getting underway again for the exercise.

Chief deployed from Sasebo on Sept. 25 to conduct mine hunting and sweeping drills in order to increase proficiency of its watch standers.

The ship made a port visit to Jeju, Republic of Korea on Sept. 26, further enhancing relations with the Republic of Korea navy and local community during its brief stop.

“Our team has put in a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work to ensure we are ready to operate for this exercise and any potential contingencies,” said Russell. “I am exceptionally proud of everything we have accomplished thus far and am confident we will continue to enhance our readiness and interoperability with our allies.”

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