A U.S. Navy helicopter places mine-detecting equipment in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, as part of a multinational exercise staged off of the USS Ponce, a floating base

 

              A U.S. Navy helicopter places mine-detecting equipment in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, as part of a multinational exercise staged off of the USS Ponce, a floating base
A U.S. Navy helicopter places mine-detecting equipment in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, as part of a multinational exercise staged off of the USS Ponce, a floating base to support mine countermeasure operations. More than 30 nations are participating in the exercise responding to simulated sea-mine attacks in international waters _ a demonstration of international resolve to ensure maritime security in the strategic but volatile region. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)