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US Navy Sailors Begin Participation in Exercise Northern Coasts 2016

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS160906-05
Release Date: 9/6/2016 12:25:00 PM

From U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 began participation in the annual multinational maritime exercise Northern Coasts 2016 in the Baltic Sea region Sept. 2.

"We're glad to be a part of this important exercise and work side-by-side with our allies and partners to exercise mine countermeasures and counter-IED
response capabilities. This type of operation builds interoperability with
other explosive ordnance disposal units so that we can work more closely
together in the future and exchange best practices."
-Lt. Cmdr. Jake Keefe, executive officer, EODMU EIGHT

Nations scheduled to participate in the exercise this year include Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, France, Canada, Finland and the United States.

During the exercise, maritime forces will work side-by-side with counterparts from partner nations - both on land and at sea.

Northern Coasts 16 provides the opportunity for personnel of participating nations to engage in realistic maritime training to build experience, teamwork and strengthen our interoperability as we work toward mutual goals.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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