U.S. and European partners conduct exercises with North African maritime and land forces to increase regional maritime awareness and improve maritime security in Phoenix Express.
It is one of four African regional "Express" series exercises that are designed to test skills obtained from participating in bilateral and Africa Partnership Station (APS) training in a regional maritime exercise.
Phoenix Express 2012 marked the seventh year of the exercise. The 2012 exercise was designed to improve cooperation among participating nations to help increase maritime safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the goals of PE12 was to build communication between North African and European partners so that there is a stronger united force in the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, the training provided will help enhance maritime security.