SASEBO, Japan — Mine warfare forces from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 2JA 2020 in Mutsu Bay, Japan, July 23.
“This year’s MIWEX 2JA was another rewarding exercise with our Japanese partners,” said Capt. Derek Brady, Commodore of Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven. “The dedication of all who were involved was readily apparent; from the staffs, to the ships, and the sailors of both the U.S. Navy and JMSDF. Everyone worked well together and we remain ready to execute our mission if needed.”
MIWEX 2JA is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations.
“The annual bi-lateral exercise 2JA was extremely successful,” said Lt. Cmdr. Meagan Makarenko, Commanding Officer of USS Pioneer (MCM 9). “We demonstrated inter-operability between units at…
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