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EXERCISE CUTLASS EXPRESS 2021

EXERCISE CUTLASS EXPRESS 2021

Context

Indian Naval Ship Talwar is taking part in Exercise Cutlass Express 2021. It is being conducted from 26 July 2021 to 06 August 2021 along the East Coast of Africa.

About  Exercise Cutlass Express 2021:

  • It is an annual maritime exercise conducted to promote national and regional maritime security in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.
  • The 2021 edition of the exercise includes participation of 12 Eastern African countries, UK, India, US and various international organisations like International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Interpol,  EurEuropean Union Naval Forc (EUNAVFOR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Critical Maritime Routes Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO) and EUCAP Somalia.
  • Indian Navy is taking part in the exercise in a ‘trainer role’.
  • The Indian Navy, together with other partners, shall undertake training of contingents from various participating countries in different fields across the spectrum of maritime security operations.

Aim of the Exercise:

  • It focusses on East Africa’s coastal regions and is designed to improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, increase interoperability between the regional navies and promote national and regional security.
  • Information sharing and information flow between various partner countries with respect to maritime domain awareness is also a key focus of the exercise.

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