Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS (CE) 17 is now underway and Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, who is the lead for Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) has deployed mentorship teams to Djibouti, Mombasa, Port Louis and Antsiranana.

Our teams have taken collaboration to a new level as we have embedded Canadian Coast Guard members to these teams thereby bringing additional expertise in maritime safety and security.

"On behalf of CMF, I am pleased to have the opportunity to deploy mentorship teams to Djibouti, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius. The inclusion of Canada's Coast Guard brings an additional level of expertise which will benefit the Maritime Operations Centres in establishing enduring capacities in maritime operations," said Commodore Haydn Edmundson, Commander CTF 150

The CTF 150 Public affairs Officer assisted with facilitating a Public Affairs Workshop held in Port Louis, Mauritius on January 30, 2017. Attending the workshop were representatives from the Mauritius Police Force, the mauritius Coast Guard, the Seychelles, Djibouti and the Sudan.

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CTF 150 members, as part the CMF contribution have deployed to eastern Africa and island nations in the Indian Ocean as part of Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS (CE) 17 taking place in Djibouti, Djibouti, Port Louis, Mauritius, Mombasa, Kenya and Antsiranana, Madagascar from January 30 to February 8, 2017.

Cutlass Express (CE) is an exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and conducted by Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) to assess and improve maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in eastern Africa, inform planning and operations, and shape security force assistance (SFA) efforts. The CAF personnel are part of Combined Task Force 150 which is the Combined Maritime Force lead for this exercise.

CTF 150 personnel have deployed in a variety of roles including mentors for watch keepers in Maritime Operation Centres, an instructor for a Public Affairs workshop, a Combat Camera Team who will record and capture Canadian participation and personnel attending a US Naval War College facilitated Senior Leadership Seminar. In addition, members of the Canadian Coast Guard will also attend as advisors, mentors and subject matter experts in order to contribute to the overall goal of CE 17, which is to develop enduring capacity building in eastern African nations.

About the Combined Maritime Forces

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multi-national naval partnership, which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. CMF’s main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation, and promoting a safe maritime environment. CMF counters violent extremism and terrorist networks in maritime areas of responsibility; works with regional and other partners to improve overall security and stability; helps strengthen regional nations’ maritime capabilities and, when requested, responds to environmental and humanitarian crises. CMF operates three task forces: CTF 150 (maritime security and counter-terrorism), CTF 151 (counter piracy) and CTF 152 (Arabian Gulf security and cooperation).


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