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RN and USN hold joint mine exercise in Gulf of Aden

14th May 2020 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Minehunters from the RN and USN teamed up for joint exercises (including mine clearance) in the Gulf of Aden on 7 May.

The exercises involved HMS Brocklesby, HMS Shoreham, USS Dextrous and USS Gladiator, with extra protection afforded by HMS Argyll and HMS Montrose.

Both navies still maintain a Bahrain-based flotilla of mine warfare ships to protect shipping routes throughout the region.

The RN operates Hunt-class and Sandown-class ships, whilst the USN has Avenger-class mine hunter-killers deployed in the region.

Lt Commander Tim Castrinoyannakis, operations officer on HMS Argyll, said: ‘The exercise has again demonstrated the close relationship between the USN and RN, and the versatility of these capable ships and their crews.

‘Standing together, ready and prepared for any tasking or contingency it has been a great opportunity to reassure the maritime community of our commitment to ensure security and stability in the region.’

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