US, allies to stage naval exercise in Gulf

By REUTERS
May 6, 2013 23:12




 DUBAI - The United States and its allies are preparing for naval exercises in the Gulf energy export hub that will include minesweeping and escorting commercial ships in a region where Iran is seen as a threat both to trade and security.

Forty-one countries are taking part in the two-week International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX-13) to practise minesweeping and protecting ports and energy installations in the Gulf.

Vice Admiral John Miller, Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, said on Monday the annual exercise was an "opportunity to enhance international naval capability to preserve freedom of navigation in international waterways.

"If 41 nations are willing to come here and practice MCM, just imagine how effective the global mine response would be if someone actually put mines in the water."


Related Content

Breaking news
January 22, 2018
Turkish soldier killed in clashes near Syria's Afrin region

By REUTERS

Israel Weather
  • 11 - 19
    Beer Sheva
    14 - 18
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 9 - 15
    Jerusalem
    13 - 17
    Haifa
  • 12 - 23
    Elat
    12 - 21
    Tiberias