Phoenix Express Strengthens Maritime Partnerships with North Africa

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tug boats assist the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) as it departs Naval Station Norfolk. Nassau will be participating in a multi-national combined exercise with North African and European forces during exercise PHOENIX EXPRESS. The exercise will provide U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to participate in diverse maritime training scenarios helping to increase maritime domain awareness and strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick W. Mullen III

Phoenix Express 2007, a two-week exercise designed to strengthen U.S. and European maritime partnerships with North Africa, began April 10. Eleven nations will conduct multilateral training in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to increase regional maritime awareness and improve maritime security and safety. A comprehensive agenda will allow armed forces from Algeria, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States to enhance maritime and air capabilities. The series of challenging training scenarios is focused on developing the individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

“Strengthening regional maritime partnerships allows us to address potential conflicts before they start, and awareness is the first step,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Fowler, U.S. 6th Fleet Deputy Commander. “We are committed to enhancing the awareness and maritime capability of our North African partners to help create an environment that is inhospitable to maritime criminals, extremists and terrorists.” USS Nassau (LHA 4) and USS Kauffman (FFG 59), both homeported in Norfolk, will participate with Marines based in Rota, Spain, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 air assets based in Sigonella, Italy. The Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Patuxent (TAO 201) will also provide valuable training during this annual exercise. “This is an outstanding opportunity for Nassau and crew to build on unit-level training and increase our combat readiness in a multinational environment,” said Capt. John Roberti, Nassau commanding officer. “We are looking forward to operating with our regional partners.”

By Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, 6th Fleet Public Affairs


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