The 12-day exercise will help train about 500 sailors to deal with underwater mine threats. The four-mine hunting ships and the 350 ft. flagship vessel, HSV Swift, set sail Friday afternoon for there destination 15 to 50 miles southeast of Panama City.
The ships hail from Texas' Naval Station Ingleside and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
The exercise runs through December 14 and is a final training step to becoming a deployable unit. Personnel at Naval Support Activity will supply the ships with food, fuel and supplies.
Boaters should beware. The vessels will be departing the port and returning back again numerous times throughout the 12-day exercises.
Boaters should stay about 20 feet away from the ships.