In this picture taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, a French speedboat deployed from the back of the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf passes by the U.S. Navy's floating base used to support mine countermeasure... more 
In this picture taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, a French speedboat deployed from the back of the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf passes by the U.S. Navy's floating base used to support mine countermeasure operations. More than 30 nations are participating in an 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) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Hasan Jamali
Sat, Sep 22, 2012 2:27 PM EDT