US, ROK Navy Conclude Ex Clear Horizon

U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 1, and Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7, completed the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise Clear Horizon with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, November 13.

Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and ROK navies which focuses on increasing coordination between ships, and aircraft in mine countermeasures in international waters surrounding the Korean peninsula.

Approximately 330 U.S. Navy personnel assigned to HM-14 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 participated in this year’s exercise, which included U.S. and ROK units practicing in clearing shipping routes and conducting training surveys.

In an effort to better coordination and communication regarding flight deck operations, HM-14 teamed up with the ROK Navy ship Wonsan (MLS 560) to perform numerous take-off and landing drills, or DLQs, with a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter.

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