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MCM Ships, Aircraft Participate in IDEX 2007

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Story Number: NNS070228-08
Release Date: 2/28/2007 4:37:00 PM

By USS Gladiator Public Affairs

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (NNS) -- Three forward-deployed units of the U.S. Mine Warfare Force took part in the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2007 in Abu Dhabi’s newly opened Mina Zayed Free Port harbor facility in February.

IDEX was billed as an opportunity for key decision-makers from around the world to meet defense equipment manufacturers and systems solutions experts to build cooperative efforts in armament acquisition and integration.

The U.S. Navy joined ships and aircraft from Australia, Italy, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, France and Germany.

USS Gladiator (MCM 11); USS Dextrous (MCM 13); and an MH-53, operated by members of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 Detachment 2, made the trip from Bahrain where they are forward-deployed in support of maritime security operations (MSO).

Cmdr. Scott Davies, Commander of Mine Countermeasures Division 31, commented on the significance of American mine countermeasures ships and aircraft participating in the event.

"IDEX was a great opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to defensive mine-countermeasures and freedom of the seas,” said Davies. "The crews of Dextrous, Gladiator, and HM 15 Det. 2 are the heart and soul of the forward-deployed MCM community and bring the capabilities of these platforms to life.

"Additionally it was wonderful to visit [a] great city like Abu Dhabi during a defense exhibition and meet with our coalition and regional partners," Davies added.

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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