World U.S. Navy Readies for Naval Mine Warfare Drills in Korean Peninsula

18:56  11 october  2017
18:56  11 october  2017 Source:   Newsweek

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This conference also included our U . S . Navy experts in mine warfare from the Naval Mine and Antisubmarine Warfare Command (NMAWC). WATERS SOUTH OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 24, 2014) An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures

Korean Navy ’s recently commissioned Wonsan-class minelayer Nampo will also be joining the drills , according to South Korean media reports which also Mine warfare exercise 2JA concludes. Naval forces from the U . S . and Japan concluded ten days of mine countermeasure exercises on July 28.

In this U.S. Navy handout, two MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters are shown. According to reports, the U.S. will use the MH-53E chopper in a weeklong naval mine drill in  Jinhae Bay. © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rawad Madanat, U.S. Navy via Getty Images In this U.S. Navy handout, two MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters are shown. According to reports, the U.S. will use the MH-53E chopper in a weeklong naval mine drill in Jinhae Bay. The U.S. will take part in maritime warfare drills in the Korean Peninsula due to start on Saturday.

A week-long naval mine drill will take place in Jinhae Bay, in the southeastern part of the peninsula, the South Korean navy announced in a statement on Wednesday. Canada and the Philippines will also join the South Korean-U.S. drills.

The two allies conducted similar drills last year, aiming to improve their militaries’ abilities to detect and destroy mines to secure safe navigation routes off the Korean Peninsula.

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“Mines laid by an enemy badly hamper the navigation of ships and the deployment of additional combined forces," said Rear Admiral Kim Jong-sam, commander of the Navy's mine warfare unit, quoted by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Before the exercises begin, U.S. Naval Force Korea commander Rear Admiral Brad Cooper will host a three-day symposium on naval mine warfare. Starting on Thursday, it will see the participation of nine other countries, including South Africa, New Zealand, Britain, Japan, Canada, Thailand, Turkey, Australia and the Philippines.

According to local media, the South Korean navy will deploy 10 vessels in the exercise, including the 3,000-ton Nampo minelayer, while the U.S. will involve two 1,400-ton mine countermeasures ships, Chief and Pioneer, as well as the MH-53E chopper, used primarily as an aerial mine hunter, and a P-3 anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.

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The Korean Navy is also trying to acquire the U . S . Navy ’s GCCS-M system via FMS in order to support U . S .-ROK Combined Naval Operations. When this happens, the Korean Peninsula ’s air and missile defense capability and effectiveness could be multiplied; hence the security of the peninsula will

Republic of China or the Soviet Union use the sea or the air above it to support communist forces on the Korean Peninsula . One of the allies' first actions was to destroy North Korean naval vessels. The setback at Wonsan resulted from the Navy ' s prewar reductions in the mine warfare force, failure

"We share the region and responsibility of maintaining freedom of navigation, so it's crucial that we continue to strengthen our bonds and ability to operate together," USS Chief commanding officer Lieutenant Commander William Russell said in a statement.

"Our team has put in a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work to ensure we are ready to operate for this exercise and any potential contingencies," he added.

The exercise comes at a busy time for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Last week, the 360-foot Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson made a port call in Jinhae as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, while the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt departed its homebase in San Diego for its first deployment to the Pacific Fleet.

Transporting about 7,500 soldiers and sailors, the carrier will focus on maritime security operation and theater security cooperation with both U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet.

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