The 2022 International Maritime Exercise led by NAVCENT has come to an end

International Naval Exercise (IMX) 2022 under the command of the US Naval Command (NAVCENT) successfully passed come to an end.

The largest naval exercises in the Middle East were opened during a ceremony at the U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain last month.

This year’s biennial event included the Cutlass Express (CE) exercise, which is held annually by the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa in the West Indies and coastal regions of East Africa.

IMX / CE 2022 was attended by more than 9,000 staff and up to 50 vessels from more than 60 partner countries and international organizations.

The event, the seventh iteration of IMX, also became the largest unmanned exercise in the world, with more than 80 unmanned systems from ten countries.

The joint exercises passed through the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and the Northern Indian Ocean.

Training operations covered during IMX / CE 2022 include mine action; visiting, landing, searching and confiscating; and the mass response of victims.

A joint task force has been formed, which includes artificial intelligence and unmanned systems.

Flight training and exercises on ship firing and passage, as well as an international summit of senior management were also part of the event.

Rear Admiral Jeffrey Spavi, Director of the NAVEUR-NAVAF Maritime Partnership Program and Vice-Commander of the US Sixth Fleet, said: “These skills, developed during IMX / CE 2022, can have a lasting impact on regional security. The work we have done here can directly contribute to our joint ability to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of trade. ”

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