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11-06-2012, 03:25 AM

Cutlass Express 2012 Kicks-Off Throughout East Africa
By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Nov 2, 2012 Sailors and civilian maritime professionals from eight nations officially kicked-off exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 (CE12-2) during pre-sail conferences in Djibouti, Djibouti; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Nov. 1.

This year's week-long exercise, being conducted for the second time since its inception last year, is part of the larger Express Series exercises and is designed to advance East African maritime relationships and address mutual security issues.

"Exercise Cutlass Express is aimed at enhancing capacity to fight piracy in our area," said Maj. General Farrah Mohammed, Chief of Operations and Training, Defence Forces Headquarters, Tanzanian People's Defence Force, during the opening remarks in Dar Es Salaam. "This work is commendable and is an important endeavor towards combating piracy, illicit trafficking and illegal fishing."

Pre-sail training events for CE12 will be held in-port in Djibouti, Mauritius and Tanzania while the at-sea training will be simultaneously conducted in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and concludes Nov. 8.