Several members of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will join the militaries from more than 20 nations spanning four continents for an International Mine Counter Measures Exercise (IMCMEX 12). This groundbreaking exercise will be hosted by the US Navy and run September 16-27, 2012.

The exercise is dedicated to preserving the freedom of navigation in the international waterways of the Middle East and also promoting regional stability within this vital area of CMF’s operations.

Initially based out of Bahrain, IMCMEX 12 will start with an international symposium and then move to an afloat exercise of mine countermeasures, conducted in multiple locations.   The scenario will encompass additional maritime security scenarios which will allow all participants to test the full range of their capabilities.

CMF, as a professional, capable and alert force of 26 nations, is no stranger to working in a cooperative environment, demonstrating mutual maritime expertise and providing enduring long-term regional stability.  As a result CMF welcomes IMCMEX and the positive benefits it brings to both the Middle East and its members.

Commodore Simon Ancona, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces stated:  “As a professional naval force acting to protect legitimate maritime activities and secure the freedom of navigation for seafarers CMF applauds this initiative and looks forward to hearing about the lessons learned from its participating members”