Exercise Cutlass Express is an exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and focuses on addressing piracy through information sharing and coordinated operations among international navies.
Cutlass Express 2011 took place at sea in the vicinity of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Mombasa, Kenya; and The Seychelles, with coordination among regional maritime operations centers. Samuel B. Roberts provided at-sea U.S. warship platform participation while several Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet staff personnel also participated as exercise planners and trainers.
Exercise Cutlass Express is yet another pillar that demonstrates U.S. and participant-nation commitment to regional stability and maritime security, with participating nations including Djibouti, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, The Seychelles, Uganda and the United States.