Exercise Cutlass Express kicks off in Djibouti

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE21) with an opening ceremony held at the Doraleh Coast Guard Training Center in Djibouti, Djibouti, July 25, 2021.

CE 21, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet…increases interoperability between the U.S., African nations and international partners.

“For the first time in more than a decade, the official force of the Djiboutian Coast Guard and Djiboutian Navy will participate in the exercise, not only in Djibouti, but also in Kenya”….

Exercises like Cutlass Express in East Africa/Western Indian Ocean, Obangame Express in the Gulf of Guinea, and Phoenix Express in the Mediterranean fall under the international collaborative maritime capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station….

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) conducts operations in the Combined Joint Operations Area….

Seychelles holds opening ceremony for Exercise Cutlass Express 21

“We look forward to the start of Cutlass Express (CE21) as we strengthen our mil-mil relationships and continue to build regional partnerships,” said U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Reserve Detachment 118 Commanding Officer, Capt. Cannon Neslen.

Seychelles holds opening ceremony for Exercise Cutlass Express 21

Participating nations in Cutlass Express 2021 include Comoros, Djibouti, Georgia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, United Kingdom, and the United States.