We hold everyone's lives in our hands," said Mineman 3rd Class Jonathan Chiles, of USS Devastator (MCM 6).
The threat is so great that Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, (home of the Navy's Mine Warfare Command), has an entire fleet of specialized ships like Devastator, helicopters and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel dedicated to hunting, sweeping and eliminating mines.
Not everyone can do it You have to have the right personality," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jimmy Rush, of USS Devastator.
Here's how a mine-like shape scenario might take place on an MCM like Devastator.
Willy," officially named the SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization Vehicle (MNV), carries video surveillance cameras that transmit real-time imagery to the MNV pilots back aboard Devastator.