Cutlass Express concludes

More than 450 personnel from 18 countries participated.

Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 bolsters maritime security

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

The salty sea air whips around as a powerful engine speeds a small vessel through the water. This is not a pleasure cruise, but a crew of men and women on a mission.

Naval and Coast Guard personnel from across the globe joined together to train in waters off the Port of Djibouti, Jan. 31 to Feb. 5, 2016, as part of exercise Cutlass Express 2016.

“There is a lot of ocean to patrol and keep safe,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Pedro Lopez, officer in charge of the Djibouti operational area for exercise. “Having security in the waters is important for commerce to progress and build, which leads to security and stability for a nation.”

Millions of tons of cargo pass through the Port of Djibouti annually.  Ensuring the area is safe and secure to travel through is paramount not only to the country, but the entire region.

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