Thursday, March 06, 2014

U.S. 6th Fleet: Exercise Saharan Express 2014 Commences

DAKAR, Senegal – Naval forces from the United States along with African and European maritime partners commenced the fourth annual multinational exercise Saharan Express 2014, March 6.

DAKAR, Senegal (March 6, 2014) Participants of Exercise Saharan Express 2014 gather during a pre-sail conference at the commencement of the exercise. Saharan Express is an international maritime security cooperation exercise designed to improve maritime safety and security in west Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum/ Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebookand while you're at it check us out on Google+

Exercise Saharan Express 2014, being held in waters off West Africa, 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.

The week-long exercise will take place in two areas near the coasts of Cabo Verde and Senegal. There will be an in port preparatory phase and then the 11 participating ships will go to sea to test maritime security skills.

“Over the course of the next two weeks, we will work on interoperability, communications, coordination and familiarization. More than that, though, we will work to come together more closely as a team linked by the common purpose of ensuring regional maritime security,” said Capt. John Tokarewich, Saharan Express 2014 exercise director, in remarks during an opening ceremony in Dakar. “Through cooperation on events like Saharan Express, we are able to provide a more robust and unified team to ensure regional maritime security.”

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