NATO Mine Countermeasures Exercise Dynamic Move Wraps Up in Belgium

The U.S. Navy’s San Diego-based Mine Countermeasures Division (MCMDIV) 31, the tactical planning staff attached to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (COMCMRON) 3, successfully completed the annual NATO multinational exercise Dynamic Move March 29.

The annual two-week long exercise is held at Ecole de Guerre des Mines (EGUERMIN), the Belgium-Netherlands Naval Mine Warfare School. The school provides education and training in sea mine-warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures to the Belgium and Dutch navies, along with NATO allies.

MCMDIV 31 staff travels frequently to provide forward-deployed mine countermeasures tactical expertise and to plan and coordinate exercises worldwide. Representatives from 14 NATO and two partner nations assembled for this year’s exercise. Participants used a mine warfare computer simulation intended to foster interoperability, coordination, and innovative tactics through various defensive MCM scenarios.

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.

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.”

Other U.S. units involved were Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center (SMWDC), Commander Task Group 68.3, and Commander Mine Countermeasures Squadron Five.

Lt. j.g. Benedict Capaldi, Mine Countermeasures Division 31

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