Strengthening Partnerships: UK and U.S. Navies Conduct Mine Hunting and Countermeasures Exercise
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 10, 2020) The Royal Navy Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel HMS Chiddingfold (M37), right, sails in formation with a Mark VI patrol boat attached to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 during a bi-lateral mine countermeasure exercise between the U.K. and U.S. in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 10. CTF 56 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and conducts mine warfare operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Clegg)