HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, is leading half a dozen warships as the world’s largest test of mine warfare force gets under way.
The International Mine Counter-Measures Exercise, IMCMEX, focuses on keeping one of the world’s most important ‘choke pointsc for shipping open: the Straits of Bab-al-Mandeb, at the foot of the Red Sea, and the Strait of Hormuz. Gateway to and exit from the Gulf.
Lt Cdr ‘Millie’ Ingham, commanding officer of mineseweeper HMS Middleton said:
“Showcasing our ship and our sailors is not only a great opportunity for us to demonstrate what we can do, but also a chance for our families back home to be able to see the hard work that they support us in every day.”
Eight nations have committed ships to the exercise: aside from the Royal Navy, vessels from the USA, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan are involved.