The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) returned to Sasebo, after a routine patrol in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. During the ship’s patrol, Patriot conducted a series of port visits throughout Japan and participated with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the annual bilateral mine countermeasures training exercise 2JA.
Patriot joined other MCM-capable units such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 to conduct coordinated MCM ops together alongside similar Japanese assets. The exercise culminated in a combined phase during which U.S. and JMSDF personnel coordinated and communicated to clear a route for ships through a simulated minefield in designated exercise areas.
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