U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy conducting homeland defense exercise in Puget Sound

SILVERDALE, Wash. - U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy personnel are conducting a joint homeland defense maritime exercise in Puget Sound Oct. 24-28. 

The exercise, led by U.S. Northern Command's Navy component command, U.S. Navy North, includes Navy and Coast Guard vessels and divers operating in the waters of Possession Sound, Saratoga Passage, Penn Cove, Oak Harbor and Crescent Harbor to conduct mine countermeasure training. Divers will practice locating and recovering inert training mines underwater. A U.S. Coast Guard District Thirteen Notice to Mariners (NTM) is also being issued to notify local boaters of the activity.

People near these areas may see vessels and divers in the water, but this training exercise is not expected to interfere with normal public activities. The training devices being used are inert (not active) and completely safe. 

This bi-national exercise provides crucial training to assess and enhance interoperability among U.S. and Canadian forces, and to demonstrate their ability to defend North America. 

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