A MK-105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System sleds is launche

050811-N-0318R-077 Caribbean Sea (Aug. 11, 2005) - A MK-105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System sleds is launched from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) and HM-15, are making history, conducting the sled operations from the well deck of the ship for only the third time in history and for the first time while the ship was underway. Bataan and embarked company are underway for PANAMAX 2005. PANAMAX is a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries. The Panama Canal is critical to the free flow of trade and goods in the Western Hemisphere and the entire world. The region's economy and stability largely depend on the safe transport of several hundred million tons of cargo that transit through the canal every year. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ken J. Riley (RELEASED)