Cutlass Express Increases Maritime Safety and Security

Naval Forces Africa Sailors have been working with 10 East Africa nations this past week as part of Cutlass Express to address maritime security in East Africa.

These Sailors and African partners have been developing search and seizure tactics and information sharing best practices in order to combat things like illegal fishing and piracy. The exercise is taking place in four naval hubs-Tanzania, Djibouti, Kenya, and Seychelles-demonstrating how maritime operations centers work with one another to detect and then respond to maritime criminals and other illegal activities. The photos and videos below showcase these efforts-and the partnerships formed by working together to make the waters off East Africa a safer place.

Boarding team members from the Seychelles Coast Guard and Petty Officer 2nd Class John A. Wilcox, U.S. Navy maritime interdiction operations expert, prepare to board a target vessel during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Boarding team members from the Seychelles Coast Guard and Petty Officer 2nd Class John A. Wilcox, U.S. Navy maritime interdiction operations expert, prepare to board a target vessel during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Boarding team members from the Seychelles Coast Guard depart from the target vessel during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Boarding team members from the Seychelles Coast Guard depart from the target vessel during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Petty Officer 2nd Class John A. Wilcox, U.S. Navy maritime interdiction operations expert, instructs boarding team members from Mauritius on detainee procedures during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Petty Officer 2nd Class John A. Wilcox, U.S. Navy maritime interdiction operations expert, instructs boarding team members from Mauritius on detainee procedures during the underway phase of Cutlass Express 2013 in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis R. Chavez Jr./Released)

Djiboutian Marines conduct a ship-boarding scenario during the preparatory phase of Exercise Cutlass Express 2013 at the port of Djibouti. Cutlass Express is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, tactical expertise and information sharing practices among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Djiboutian Marines conduct a ship-boarding scenario during the preparatory phase of Exercise Cutlass Express 2013 at the port of Djibouti. Cutlass Express is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, tactical expertise and information sharing practices among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)