The MCM100 rebreather for mine countermeasures/EOD and SF diving operations, which ADM understands to be a reference for Sea 1905 (Maritime Mine Countermeasures Program), was deployed in numerous roles during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, which recently took place in the Baltic Sea.
Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations were involved in the live training events. Training focus areas included maritime interdiction, mine countermeasure and amphibious operations.
18 nations participated in BALTOPS including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
The Royal Norwegian Navy utilised the MCM100 throughout the BALTOPS exercise with some dives in excess of 3 hours.
The MCM100 completed conventional MCM and search operations while employing both diver propulsion devices and heating systems.
In January, Defence made a down-select decision to explore a variant of the offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the new Mine Countermeasures and Survey Vessels under Sea 1905 Phase 1.