Sea Dragons

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), as the Canadian dock landing ship RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) operates in the background, in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility May 15, 2013, during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13. IMCMEX is an international symposium and exercise designed to enhance cooperation, mutual maritime capabilities and long-term regional stability between the U.S. and its international partners. (DoD photo by Lt. Cmdr. T. Scot Cregan, U.S. Navy/Released)

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), as the Canadian dock landing ship RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) operates in the background, in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility May 15, 2013, during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13. IMCMEX is an international symposium and exercise designed to enhance cooperation, mutual maritime capabilities and long-term regional stability between the U.S. and its international partners. (DoD photo by Lt. Cmdr. T. Scot Cregan, U.S. Navy/Released)

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter departs the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) before an airborne mine countermeasures sweeping demonstration in support of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility May 14, 2013. IMCMEX is an international symposium and exercise designed to enhance cooperation, mutual maritime capabilities and long-term regional stability between the U.S. and its international partners. (DoD photo by Lt. Colby Drake, U.S. Navy/Released)

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter departs the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) before an airborne mine countermeasures sweeping demonstration in support of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility May 14, 2013. IMCMEX is an international symposium and exercise designed to enhance cooperation, mutual maritime capabilities and long-term regional stability between the U.S. and its international partners. (DoD photo by Lt. Colby Drake, U.S. Navy/Released)