The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) completed participation in exercise Clear Horizon, Oct 24.
Clear Horizon is an annual exercise that ran Oct. 20-24 and is designed to increase interoperability in mine countermeasures operations between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies.
Chief began the exercise by laying training shapes, a non-hazardous cement filled container used to simulate potential mines. Once the shapes were placed in the water, Sailors from Chief, along with their partners from the Republic of Korea navy, began training to detect and engage the training shapes.
During the five-day exercise, Chief conducted mine countermeasures training in a confined water space along the southern coast of the Korean peninsula along with various types of minesweeping platforms, including remotely operated vehicles, MH-53E Sea Dragon mine clearing helicopters, and minesweeping ships from both nations.
Press release, Image US Navy