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Mine Countermeasures Division ELEVEN

CNO established two new Mine Countermeasures Divisions (MCMDIV), designated COMCMDIV ELEVEN and COMCMDIV THREE ONE, homeported in Sasebo, Japan, and Manama, Bahrain, respectively, effective 01 October 2000.

The mission of the new divisions is to provide afloat staff oversight and ISIC responsibilities for the forward deployed MCM ships stationed in Sasebo and Manama; to provide support and execute plans for exercises and operations involving MCM forces in the respective AORs; to conduct intra-service liaison with local naval commands for the support of MCM forces; and to provide representation as the local expert for MCM concerns and issues.

COMCMDIV ELEVEN, which reports to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron ONE (COMCMRON ONE) in Ingleside, Texas, is sea-shore code 4 duty (forward deployed sea duty), and is commanded by an 1140 commander. The staff includes two 1110 O-3 billets, one each for operations/plans and general ship readiness. Enlisted billets include an EN1 (NEC 4324), MN2, SK2 (NEC 2814), and YN2.

This command is designed to provide on-site, day-to-day (oversight) of the two MCMs in Sasebo. There's a 13- or 14-hour time difference between here and Ingleside, and having this command locally can provide around the clock support. The command was designated by Commander, Mine Warfare Command to provide afloat staff oversight and Intermediate Superior in Charge responsibilities for both Guardian and Patriot. The staff will also provide support and execute exercise plans, direct MCM operations in the region and liaison with other naval commands.

Mine Countermeasures ships are designed to sweep an area for explosive devices capable of severely damaging a vessel. Patriot and Guardian are only two of the six mine warfare ships permanently forward deployed. Mine Countermeasures Division (MCMDIV) 11, USS Guardian (MCM 5), USS Patriot (MCM 7) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Five Det. 51 participated in Mine Warefare-Explosive Ordnance Disposal exercise (MINEX-EODEX) '04 off the coast of Shimonoseki, Japan, Feb. 14-25, 2004. One of several annual Japanese fleet exercises, MINEX-EODEX is the only exercise where the forward-deployed U.S. mine countermeasure units routinely engage Japanese naval assets.




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