UK Royal Navy Demands Improvement to Mine Countermeasures Cooperation

Mar 08, 2013, 10:39 ET from Defence IQ

LONDON, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The underdevelopment of technologies dedicated to countering the threat of naval mine warfare in favour of other defence capabilities in recent years has created an urgent priority for navies around the world to close the gap before adversaries can exploit this diminished capability.

The first step in this process for the year ahead is the assembling of senior officers and commercial solution providers at the Mine Countermeasures Conference in London this April.

"The potential threat from sea mines continues to grow with more than 50 nations with stocks of over 250,000 mines," explained Captain Andrew Elvin, a mine warfare specialist with the Royal Navy, who has ongoing operational experience in the Middle East.

Captain Elvin will be briefing the room of international naval officers on the on-going development of integrated multinational capability and capacity as the situation inches toward a critical point. For a full account of the Royal Navy's demands for interoperable mine countermeasures read the full article on the Mine Countermeasures 2013 resource centre page:

Under the Chairmanship of Philippe Cornez, former director of the Belgian-Netherland Naval Mine Warfare School and NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence, the Mine Countermeasures 2013 event will bring together MCM operators from Belgium, the Philippines, Finland, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands and other key nations to actively discuss challenges and solutions of MCM operations to ultimately encourage greater interoperability between navies worldwide.

Mine Countermeasures 2013 will be taking place on 23-25 April 2013 in London and will include workshops focusing on the Naval Mine, its present and future, China's mine warfare doctrine and current and future AUV designs challenges.

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