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The mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) completes fuel connections while preparing to take on fuel from the Japanese minesweeper tender JDS Bungo (MST 464) during an underway replenishment (UNREP) operation.
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Inland Sea, Japan (Feb. 20, 2004) The mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) completes fuel connections while preparing to take on fuel from the Japanese minesweeper tender JDS Bungo (MST 464) during an underway replenishment (UNREP) operation. The UNREP was part of the Mine Countermeasures Exercise/Explosive Ordnance Demolition Exercise 2004 (MINEX-EODEX 2004) off the coast of Shimonoseki, Japan. One of several annual Japanese fleet exercises, MINEX-EODEX 2004 is the only exercise where the forward-deployed U.S. mine countermeasure units routinely engage Japanese naval assets. U.S. Navy photo. (RELEASED)

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