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Training to hunt for underwater mines

An MH-53 helicopter, flying over the Persian Gulf Nov. 3, 2014, conducts a mine sweeping process in which the helicopter tows underwater equipment that can cut the chains off sea mines, thereby revealing them when they float to the surface.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 9, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — A total of 6,500 personnel and 38 warships from 44 navies are taking part in a U.S. 5th Fleet-led mine countermeasures exercise in the Middle East that runs through Nov. 13.

The third and largest so far, the exercise is aimed at promoting mine countermeasures and maritime security operations.

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A Navy Marine Mammal Program California sea lion salutes his handler before diving into the water to look for potential enemy divers Nov. 2, 2014, as part of the 5th Fleet-led International Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the Middle East.
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