Squadron Exercise to Test Mine Warfare Training

Story Number: NNS020708-13Release Date: 7/8/2002 4:10:00 PM
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By LT Marc Boyd, Mine Warfare Command Public Affairs

NAVAL STATION INGLESIDE, Tx. (NNS) -- More than 500 Sailors will test their mine warfare proficiency during Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 02-2 scheduled for 15-26 July. GOMEX marks the transition of a mine warfare readiness group from training to ready-to-deploy status and includes integrated surface, air and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) mine countermeasures (MCM) operations. The exercise will be conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, near Corpus Christi operating areas.

Another exercise, Mercury 02, will be conducted in conjunction with GOMEX. Mercury 02, an annual exercise held with Republic of Singapore Navy, is designed to promote cooperation and understanding between the two navies.

MCM forces participating in GOMEX will be under the tactical command of Capt. Barry F. Dagnall, commander of Mine Countermeasures Squadron One, based in Ingleside, Texas. The exercise will include integrated mine countermeasures operations using surface ships, helicopters and explosive ordnance disposal detachments.

The ships of Mine Warfare Readiness Group Two are participating in the exercise. The mine countermeasures ships USS Champion (MCM 4) and USS Pioneer (MCM 9) will join the coastal minehunters USS Osprey (MHC 51), USS Heron (MHC 52), USS Pelican (MHC 53) and USS Falcon (MHC 59), for the exercise.

Also participating in the exercise are Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) SIX, Detachment TWO based in Ingleside, Texas; and EODMU SIX, Detachment TEN, based in Charleston, S.C. Members of the Inshore Boat Unit 15 and Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 108, Naval Reserve units based in Corpus Christi, Texas, will also participate in the exercise.

For more Mine Warfare Command news, go to www.news.navy.mil/local/cmwc/.

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