MIWEX 2JA is part of a series of annual exercises between the allied navies designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Participants will train together in mine hunting and prosecution using shipboard mine countermeasure assets and Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM) personnel.
The Commodore of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, Capt. Scott Hattaway is enthusiastic to be working with the JMSDF and greatly values their partnership.
“Maintaining the freedom of navigation in the region is an important part of our mission in 7th Fleet,” said Hattaway. “This bilateral exercise provides an excellent opportunity to work with like-minded partners, and hone our mine countermeasure skills to ensure the safety of maritime traffic. The addition of ExMCM unmanned underwater vehicles in conjunction with traditional countermeasure operations allows further interoperability in the region.”
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