By MC2 Jermaine M. Ralliford, Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs
Mineman 1st Class Sean McDermott prepares to launch a mine-neutralization vehicle aboard USS Warrior (MCM 10) during exercise Foal Eagle. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jermaine M. Ralliford) >>
WATERS SOUTH OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA - USS Warrior (MCM 10) successfully concluded a mine countermeasures exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy, March 29.
The exercise, designed to enhance the MCM warfare capabilities of both navies, was held March 19-29 off the coast of the southern city of Chinhae.
“It’s important to have a strong surface capability in order to hunt and neutralize those threats if called upon,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Carroll, Warrior's commanding officer, “and that is what we are doing with our ROK partners.”
Carroll stated that the Warrior, and other MCM class ships, give navies the ability to detect mines with sonar, disable them with neutralization vehicles, and sweep [search] for mines mechanically, acoustically and magnetically.