Mideast Gulf Floating Base

  In this picture taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, Japanese sailors look out from their naval ship toward the British Royal Navy's nearby HMS Atherstone in the Persian Gulf. 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)
In this picture taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, Japanese sailors look out from their naval ship toward the British Royal Navy's nearby HMS Atherstone in the Persian Gulf. 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)

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