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Advancing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for the Fleet and the Nation

A rigid-hull inflatable boat assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) carries marines from the Uganda People's Defense Force during ship boarding operations training as part of a maritime domain awareness exercise that focuses on addressing piracy through information sharing and coordinated operations among international navies.

By Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White Director, Office of the DoD Executive Agent for MDA   Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) is defined as “the effective understanding of anything associated with the global Maritime Domain that could impact the security, safety, economy, or environment of the United States. The Maritime Domain …

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Old, but Not Outdated: Mine Countermeasures

Mineman 3rd Class Joseph Gibson, left, classifies contracts on the AN/SQQ-32 variable depth mine hunting detection and classification sonar from the combat information center aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10), Sept. 22, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker/Released)

Representatives from 41 nations have gathered in the Arabian Gulf for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013, a training exercise on how to keep the seas free of mines. By United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander Staff In a world of high-tech missiles, radars, stealth design and navigation systems, the simple mine is often seen …

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This blog was written by Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) The 10thannual PANAMAX 2012 exercise, which focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, wrapped up Aug 17 here in Mayport, Fla. Military and security forces from the United States and 16 …

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Navy Experiment Trident Warrior Aims to Improve Global Operations

  This blog post is by Captain Carl Conti, U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Director of Experimentation. Captain Conti will be participating alongside Cmdr. Dave Varnes, Trident Warrior 2010 Director during a DoD Blogger’s Roundtable Tuesday, July 13 at 1:30pm EST.  U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s (USFF) Experimentation Directorate (N9E,) is tasked …

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