How long would it take to get a ship with mine clearing capabilities half way around the world by sea vs how long could you pack up helicopters with capability and airlift them into theater.
Airlift - 90 day min lead time to tell AMC you need airlift.
Add 30 days for USN to find $ to pay for said airlift and argue with AMC about priority
Add 5 days for when airlift plane goes 'down' in Rota or Guam when a crew member finds the love of his life
Add 10 days to rebuild big Iron and FCF
My cynicism puts $ on the ship winning