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Phoenix Express Pre-Sail Conference Marks Start to Maritime Portion of Exercise
Service members from European, North African and U.S. Naval forces participated in a pre-sail conference kickoff for Exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12) at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, May
SOUDA BAY, Crete - The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), Turkish ship TGC Gelibolu (F 493), Algerian ship Mourad Rais (F 901), and Moroccan ship Mohammed V (F 611) are moored at Souda Bay, Crete, May 16, during of exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
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Photo 1 of 3: SOUDA BAY, Crete - The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), Turkish ship TGC Gelibolu (F 493), Algerian ship Mourad Rais (F 901), and Moroccan ship Mohammed V (F 611) are moored at Souda Bay, Crete, May 16, during of exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak) Download full-resolution version
SOUDA BAY, Crete - Moroccan Seaman Elmire Hafib practices fast rope insertion, May 16, under the supervision of U.S. Marine Corps Private 1st Class Joshua Aiken, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center during Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
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Photo 2 of 3: SOUDA BAY, Crete - Moroccan Seaman Elmire Hafib practices fast rope insertion, May 16, under the supervision of U.S. Marine Corps Private 1st Class Joshua Aiken, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center during Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak) Download full-resolution version
SOUDA BAY, Crete - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jose Carlos Guerroro and Lance Corporal David Randall, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, demonstrate fast rope techniques to Moroccan sailors at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center, May 16,  during exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
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Photo 3 of 3: SOUDA BAY, Crete - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jose Carlos Guerroro and Lance Corporal David Randall, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, demonstrate fast rope techniques to Moroccan sailors at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center, May 16, during exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak) Download full-resolution version
SOUDA BAY, Crete - The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), Turkish ship TGC Gelibolu (F 493), Algerian ship Mourad Rais (F 901), and Moroccan ship Mohammed V (F 611) are moored at Souda Bay, Crete, May 16, during of exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
SOUDA BAY, Crete - Moroccan Seaman Elmire Hafib practices fast rope insertion, May 16, under the supervision of U.S. Marine Corps Private 1st Class Joshua Aiken, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center during Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
SOUDA BAY, Crete - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jose Carlos Guerroro and Lance Corporal David Randall, from the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, demonstrate fast rope techniques to Moroccan sailors at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center, May 16,  during exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak)
Service members from European, North African and U.S. Naval forces participated in a pre-sail conference kickoff for Exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12) at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, May 16.



Leadership from U.S. 6th Fleet, the NMIOTC and the participating ships took part in the event, during which they discussed the at-sea training portion of the exercise.



"Maritime interdiction operations is a mission that I do not see diminishing in importance," said Captain Bradley Martin, commodore, U.S. 6th Fleet's Task Force 68.



"I'm very glad that we have an exercise like this that does such a great job of training different navies to carry out the mission."



The at-sea portion of PE12 focuses on improving maritime domain awareness and interaction between forces afloat and the combined maritime operations center ashore. Combined maritime forces will execute a series of training scenarios exercising force protection measures, boarding procedures, search and rescue, replenishment at sea, and helicopter operations.



"Phoenix Express is a great opportunity for many different nations to work together," said Hellenic navy Commodore Adrianos Poulos, commodore of the NMIOTC. "We develop common tactics in maritime interdiction operations and create new friendships among the participating crews."



PE12, a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces, is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.



Participating countries in PE12 include Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States.



See also: PE12 Continues Multinational Training, Promotes Teamwork
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