IMCMEX kicks off

The United States has kicked off the world’s largest maritime exercise in the Middle East, with more than 30 countries participating in the event.

The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), which is organized by US Naval Forces Central Command, began Monday in Bahrain, home to the US 5th Fleet.

“These participating nations are united by a common thread – the need to protect the free flow of commerce from a range of maritime threats including piracy, terrorism and mines,” said Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, the commander of US Naval Forces Central Command in a statement.

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