The U.S. military announced today an anti-mine exercise in “the Middle East's international waterways” in May with more than 20 nations participating.
“This year's effort will reaffirm the ongoing, global cooperation that this mission enjoys with the international community's strong support for free trade,” General James Mattie, commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said in a statement. (Reuters, 4 February)
The drill will be a follow-up to the IMCMEX 12 exercise held last September, by a broad coalition of states to counter any attempt Iran might make to disrupt Gulf shipping in response to an Israeli or U.S. strike on its nuclear facilities, Reuters reported.
File photo: JS Uraga, USS Pioneer and USS Ardent in IMCMEX 12 anti-mine drills, 20 September 2012 (Wikipedia)