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US Navy to double counter-mine ships in Gulf

Admiral Jonathan Greenert says it will also send four more MH-53 helicopters to region

US Navy to double counter-mine ships in Gulf
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The US Navy
will double the number of counter-mine ships in the Gulf to
eight, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said
on Friday.

The Navy
will also send four more MH-53 mine-sweeping helicopters to the Gulf,
Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Some Iranian
officials have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, transit point
for a fifth of the oil traded worldwide.

“To improve
our mine-warfare capabilities, we are moving four more mine sweeps to
the theater,” Greenert told the panel.

“That’ll take it to eight. We are
moving airborne mine- countermeasure helicopters - that’ll take us to
eight in theater and then those, working with the British mine sweeps,
there, which we exercise with frequently, sets us up a little bit
there.”

The MH-53 helicopters are made by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, a unit of United Technologies Corp. of Hartford, Connecticut.

Greenert
told reporters after the hearing the four additional mine-sweeping
vessels would come from the Navy’s base in San Diego.

He declined to say specifically when the deployments will take place, other than commenting “soon.”

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