Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two (COMCMRON Two)
One of three deployable U.S. MCM staff, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two conducts integrated MCM operations anywhere in the world. The Mine Countermeasures Squadrons serve as tactical MCM commanders, working directly with fleet commanders, as well as serving as immediate superior in command (ISIC) for their assigned MCMs and MHCs. The staff is comprised of twenty-two Officers and enlisted Sailors from these MCM communities who meld their experience into a cohesive professional team. This integrated concept of mine countermeasures utilizes airborne, surface, and diving units in concert. Sharing the strengths of each component of this MCM triad through precise navigation systems, the total effectiveness of this team of airmen, seamen, and divers is far greater than the sum of it's individual components.
Integrated MCM operations are conducted under the command of this staff whose focus is always on training, safety, and the development of tactics. The squadron is comprised of 6 MCM's and 3 MHC's. Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two is a subordinate Command of Mine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, TX. and homeported at U.S. Naval Station Ingleside, Ingleside, TX.
Five Naval Reserve Force ships of Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWO departed Naval Station Ingleside on 16 March 2000 for an extended deployment to the Great Lakes and up the Mississippi River. Operating with the Fleet and international partners from South America was an to support Fleet engagement strategy by teaching mine countermeasures to shipmates. Supporting Fleet exercises and a recruiting mission were Mine Countermeasures ships USS Defender (MCM 2) and USS Sentry (MCM 3), with Coastal Mine Hunters USS Robin (MHC 54), USS Kingfisher (MHC 56) and USS Black Hawk (MHC 58), which make up Mine Warfare Readiness Group (MIWRG) One.
The group participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group, in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX), and in the Caribbean phase of Unitas. COMPTUEX is the intermediate phase, at-sea portion of the Atlantic Fleet inter-deployment training cycle (IDTC) designed to fully integrate the various parts that make up a carrier battle group. MIWRG 1 integrated mine countermeasures, operating in the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola, Fla., operating areas. During the advanced phase JTFEX, participating forces were tested on their ability to deploy rapidly; conduct joint operations during a crisis; and refine tactics, techniques and procedures in joint force operations. JTFEX will took place in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina.
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