Annual mine countermeasure drill Dynamic Move concludes in Belgium

Photo: NATO MARCOM

The annual NATO-led mine countermeasure exercise Dynamic Move concluded at Ecole de Guerre des Mines (EGUERMIN), the Belgium-Netherlands Naval Mine Warfare School, on March 29.

Mine warfare specialists from 16 allied nations and four NATO partners took part in two weeks of drills aimed at improving participants’ mine countermeasure skills.

EGUERMIN uses the Naval Mine Warfare Gaming System. This is the only program in the world that can simulate a complex mine countermeasures scenario allowing multiple staffs to work together on the tactical and strategic level.

The exercise was also joined by the US Navy’s San Diego-based Mine Countermeasures Division (MCMDIV) 31, the tactical planning staff attached to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (COMCMRON) 3.

Cmdr. John Laney, commanding officer, MCMDIV 31, said, “Dynamic Move is one of our premiere annual exercises. We are able to spend the two weeks solely focused on the tactics and doctrine of mine warfare. In addition, we were able to train our 20-person staff and interact with NATO partners in order to prepare for mine countermeasures worldwide.”

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