SMWDC Leads U.S. Effort for 34th Annual Combined Mine Warfare Staff Talks with Republic of Korea Navy


Story Number: NNS171115-10Release Date: 11/15/2017 10:16:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Carlisle

CHINHAE, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. John Wade, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Rear Adm. Kim, Jong Sam, commander, ROK Flotilla 5, and other U.S. and ROK service members for mine warfare staff talks Nov. 7-11.

The meeting between ROK and U.S. mine warfare commanders and staffs provides a venue to review areas of interoperability between the forces and identify opportunities for increased cooperation.

These meetings not only improve coordination between the forces, but they also provide a platform from which both sides can provide feedback and review lessons learned from previous exercises.

"These talks are an essential part of both of our Navy's ability to work together in a cooperative way to enhance security and stability in a complex operating environment," said Wade, who is also the U.S. Navy's Global Mine Warfare Commander. "It is critical that we continue these efforts to protect the U.S. and her allies from attack, ensure freedom of the seas, and preserve our strategic influence in the region."

At the conclusion of the week-long discussions, Wade and Kim formally signed the annual staff talk's minutes which highlight this year's discussion topics and outline goals for the upcoming year that will strengthen the US-ROK Navy alliance.

Before returning to SMWDC headquarters in San Diego, California, Wade and his staff visited the Joint Security Area (JSA) for a tour of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Nov. 11 in Seoul to better their understanding of the Korean Theater.

SMWDC is one of the Navy's five Warfighting Development Centers and fills an integral role in the Surface Force Strategy: Return to Sea Control. SMWDC's mission is to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the surface force across all domains.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/SMWDC

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Rear Adm. John Wade, right, commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, participates in the 34th Annual Mine Warfare Staff Talks.
171107-N-SR567-027 CHINHAE, Republic of Korea (Nov. 7, 2017) Rear Adm. John Wade, right, commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Rear Adm. Kim, Jong-Sam, left, commander of ROK Navy's Component Flotilla 5, participate in the 34th Annual Mine Warfare Staff Talks. The staff talks were held to provide a venue for U.S. and ROK Navy personnel to review areas of interoperability and identify opportunities for increased cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Wesley J. Breedlove/Released)
November 16, 2017
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