Australia: Nations combine on mine warfare activity

The Royal Australian Navy has laid sea mines for the first time in nearly 50 years during Exercise Dugong.

The mine warfare and clearance diving activity, from March 4-22, was designed to test a combined force from Australia, New Zealand and the US against a realistic mine threat. Prior to the exercise, inert mines were laid in the approaches to Eden, one of the largest fishing ports in New South Wales. After a week of integration and training, the tactical phase began with mine countermeasure and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations aimed at clearing or reducing the threat.

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Source: Defence Australia