DUBAI - The United States and its allies will stage a naval exercise in
the Gulf in May to practice mine-sweeping and escorting ships, the US
Navy said on Monday, a maneuver likely to be seen in the region as guarding against a potential threat from Iran.
from more than 30 nations will gather in Bahrain for the International
Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13 from May 6-30, eight months
after they staged a previous edition of the exercises at a time when
Israel and Iran were trading threats of war.
In addition to mine-sweeping and flying drones, this year's event will
include escorting ships and protecting offshore terminals that oil and
gas exporters in the Gulf rely on.