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Camp Patriot, Kuwait (Mar. 8, 2003) -- From left, British mine countermeasures ship HMS Sandown (M 110) and U.S. Navy mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent (MCM 12) stand together in the waters of the North Arabian Sea.  The two pulled alongside one another for fuel intake, allowing their crews a few hours' break.  Routinely, minesweeper ships from both nations take part in exercises to hone the skills and abilities of their well-trained crews.  The technological capabilities of these ships are considered to be the most advanced in the world.  The mission of mine-countermeasure ships like these includes clearing the ocean bottoms and sea lanes of mines in both coastal and offshore areas.  U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Joseph Krypel.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
March 8, 2003
Journalist 1st Class Joseph Krypel
Caption Writer
JOC J.C. Musser, NVNS Staff
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
MCM 12
Other Visible Equipment
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Tail Code
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