Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians with Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 worked alongside French and Danish EOD divers as well as Bahraini forces in Manama, Bahrain this week as part of this year’s International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX).

IMCMEX is the largest international naval exercise, with more than a quarter of the world’s navies participating, including 38 naval ships and 6,500 sailors from every region as well as over 30 commercial merchant ships of various nationalities.

The purpose of the exercise is to promote maritime security and the free flow of trade through mine countermeasure operations, maritime security operations, and maritime infrastructure protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and throughout the world. […]