Phoenix Express

is an annual all-domain exercise to improve U.S. capabilities and interoperability with European and North African partners, increase partner self-sufficiency in the maritime domain, and assess and enhance the maritime security cooperation of U.S., European, and African regional partners.

Exercise Phoenix Express 2021, the 16th iteration of the North African maritime exercise, took place May 17-28, 2021, in Tunisia and throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The at-sea portion of the exercise tested North African, European, and U.S. maritime forces’ abilities to respond to irregular migration and combat illicit trafficking and the movement of illegal goods and materials. 

In 2021, 11 nations including Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and the U.S. worked together throughout the exercise to increase regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities, enhancing efforts to promote safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea and territorial waters of participating North African nations.

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Exercise Phoenix Express concludes in Tunisia
U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVAF) Director of maritime partnership program, Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Spivey joined Tunisian Minister of Defense Brahim Bertegi, Read Adm. Kevin Jones from U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome in marking the successful completion of the 16th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) in Tunis, Tunisia on May 28, 2021.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams participates in exercise Phoenix Express 2021
The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participates in the 16th iteration of exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) off the coast of Tunis, Tunisia, with Allied and partner nations during the at-sea portion of the multinational maritime exercise in North Africa May 22-26, 2021.
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U.S. law enforcement share best practices in Phoenix Express to deter maritime crime
Law enforcement experts from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) conducted a subject matter expert exchange hosted by U.S. Africa Command in Bizerte, Tunisia during exercise Phoenix Express, May18, 2021.
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Exercise Phoenix Express concludes in Tunisia
U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVAF) Director of maritime partnership program, Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Spivey joined Tunisian Minister of Defense Brahim Bertegi, Read Adm. Kevin Jones from U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome in marking the successful completion of the 16th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) in Tunis, Tunisia on May 28, 2021.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams participates in exercise Phoenix Express 2021
The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participates in the 16th iteration of exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) off the coast of Tunis, Tunisia, with Allied and partner nations during the at-sea portion of the multinational maritime exercise in North Africa May 22-26, 2021.
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U.S. law enforcement share best practices in Phoenix Express to deter maritime crime
Law enforcement experts from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) conducted a subject matter expert exchange hosted by U.S. Africa Command in Bizerte, Tunisia during exercise Phoenix Express, May18, 2021.
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Exercise Phoenix Express concludes in Tunisia
U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVAF) Director of maritime partnership program, Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Spivey joined Tunisian Minister of Defense Brahim Bertegi, Read Adm. Kevin Jones from U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome in marking the successful completion of the 16th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) in Tunis, Tunisia on May 28, 2021.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams participates in exercise Phoenix Express 2021
The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participates in the 16th iteration of exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) off the coast of Tunis, Tunisia, with Allied and partner nations during the at-sea portion of the multinational maritime exercise in North Africa May 22-26, 2021.
Read more
U.S. law enforcement share best practices in Phoenix Express to deter maritime crime
Law enforcement experts from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) conducted a subject matter expert exchange hosted by U.S. Africa Command in Bizerte, Tunisia during exercise Phoenix Express, May18, 2021.
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