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Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
“To all of our partners here today, thank you for making this exercise such a tremendous success,” said Lacore. “With exceptional professionalism you have demonstrated that by working together, we have the capability to counter threats in a complex maritime environment, to share information regionally within the maritime domain, and to apply the rule of law in maritime security operations.”
Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 (CE 19.2) during a ceremony held in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 16, 2019
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 1 of 6: Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 (CE 19.2) during a ceremony held in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 16, 2019 Download full-resolution version
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 2 of 6: Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Download full-resolution version
A group photo during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 3 of 6: A group photo during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Download full-resolution version
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 4 of 6: Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Download full-resolution version
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), arrives at the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 5 of 6: Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), arrives at the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Download full-resolution version
191031-N-CJ510-0035 DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Oct. 31, 2019) – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Andrew Mendez, a tactical combat casualty care instructor, helps a member of the Djiboutian coast guard apply a tourniquet during exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 and International Maritime Exercise 2019 in Djibouti, Djibouti Oct. 31, 2019. Cutlass Express is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness and information sharing practices to increase capabilities between the U.S., East African and Western Indian Ocean nations to counter illicit maritime activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrea Rumple)
6 photos: Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 Concludes
Photo 6 of 6: 191031-N-CJ510-0035 DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Oct. 31, 2019) – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Andrew Mendez, a tactical combat casualty care instructor, helps a member of the Djiboutian coast guard apply a tourniquet during exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 and International Maritime Exercise 2019 in Djibouti, Djibouti Oct. 31, 2019. Cutlass Express is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness and information sharing practices to increase capabilities between the U.S., East African and Western Indian Ocean nations to counter illicit maritime activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrea Rumple) Download full-resolution version
Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 (CE 19.2) during a ceremony held in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 16, 2019
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
A group photo during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), delivers remarks during the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), arrives at the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2 Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
191031-N-CJ510-0035 DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Oct. 31, 2019) – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Andrew Mendez, a tactical combat casualty care instructor, helps a member of the Djiboutian coast guard apply a tourniquet during exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 and International Maritime Exercise 2019 in Djibouti, Djibouti Oct. 31, 2019. Cutlass Express is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness and information sharing practices to increase capabilities between the U.S., East African and Western Indian Ocean nations to counter illicit maritime activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrea Rumple)

Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 (CE 19.2) during a ceremony held in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 16, 2019.

Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F) and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), served as guest speaker for the closing ceremony. CE 19.2, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by CNE-CNA/C6F, is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity; promote national and regional security in East Africa; and increase interoperability between the U.S., African nations, and international partners.

“To all of our partners here today, thank you for making this exercise such a tremendous success,” said Lacore. “With exceptional professionalism you have demonstrated that by working together, we have the capability to counter threats in a complex maritime environment, to share information regionally within the maritime domain, and to apply the rule of law in maritime security operations.”

The exercise lasted 17 days and took place in vicinity of Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles. Events included in-port preparatory phases and three days of at-sea scenarios designed to improve the proficiency of boarding teams and operators in the Maritime Operations Centers.

Exercises like CE 19.2 provide an opportunity for partner nations to work side-by-side in order to better synchronize and rehearse for potential real-world scenarios.

“Maritime security doesn’t only happen in a boat,” said Col. Ahmed Djama, commander of the Djiboutian Navy. “We must cooperate in advance with our partners in the peace-building process not only through military ways but by building partnership, friendship and understanding between us.”

CE 19.2, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by CNE-CNA/U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F), is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity; promote national and regional security in East Africa; and increase interoperability between the U.S., African nations, and international partners. It is one of three CNE-CNA/C6F-facilitated regional exercises undertaken to provide African forces and international partners with collaborative opportunities on comprehensive maritime security concerns.

CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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