Officials Gather for Cutlass Express MPE

Maritime professionals from South and East Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations and the U.S. met for the Cutlass Express 2016 Main Planning Event (MPE) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 4 – 7.

The four-day planning event aimed to further develop exercise scenarios for partner nations, participant force offerings, schedule of events and participant manning for Cutlass Express.

Cutlass Express is one of four regional Express Series exercises facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet that focus on increasing interagency capabilities in deterring counter-piracy, counter illicit trafficking, and other maritime threats in the waters off East Africa.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Cutlass Express is scheduled to take place in early 2016 within several exercise operational areas along East Africa.

Image: US Navy

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