Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training
Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training

Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training

Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 9-12. The training follows a previous iteration that took place in June, and focused on enhancing mine hunting and communications interoperability between the three navies.

Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training
Royal Saudi Naval Force mine countermeasures vessel Al-Shaqra (MCMV 422), front, Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessel HMS Brocklesby (M 33), middle, and mine countermeasure ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) sail in formation during mine countermeasures interoperability training, led by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 11.

“This second round of training allowed us to refine our MCM procedures as a combined team,” said UK Royal Navy Captain Don Crosbie, deputy commander of Task Force 52. “Building cohesion is the best way to continuously increase our defensive capabilities as a coalition.”

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Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training
Mine countermeasure ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13), front, Royal Saudi Naval Force mine countermeasures vessel Al-Shaqra (MCMV 422), middle, and Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessel HMS Brocklesby (M 33) sail in formation during mine countermeasures interoperability training, led by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 11.

Participating mine countermeasures ships included the RSNF Al-Shaqra (MCMV 422), UK Royal Navy HMS Brockelsby (M 33) and U.S. Navy USS Dextrous (MCM 13). A MH-53E Sea Dragon attached to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 provided aerial mine hunting support. In addition to these forces at sea, the RSNF Mine Warfare Center provided command and control from King Abdulaziz Naval Base in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi, UK and US Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training
Royal Saudi Naval Force mine countermeasures vessel Al-Shaqra (MCMV 422) sails in formation during mine countermeasures interoperability training , led by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 11.
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