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Phoenix Express 2016 Commences
SOUDA BAY, Greece - Maritime forces from Europe, North Africa, and the United States began the tenth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Phoenix Express, May 17, 2016.
Phoenix Express, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, is designed to improve regional cooperation, increase maritime domain awareness information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities to enhance efforts to achieve safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.
“The benefit of Phoenix Express is the coordination and collaboration that happens between multi-national partners in the maritime environment, every Chief of Naval Operations that I have ever worked for, part of their vison has always been not just the U.S. Forces but all of the other partners that we operate with around the world. “It takes all of us working together and contributing to each other’s knowledge and experience.”
- Rear Adm. Kevin Kovacich, Director of Strategy, Plans and Programs, United States Africa Command
“I provide customized and dedicated training to the participating units and have been committed to this for the past nine years since the center was established. Phoenix Express sets the provisions to allow partners to get integrated and provide opportunities for the crew members to work and integrate together.”
- Commodore Georgios Tsogkas, Commandant of NATO Maritime, Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC), Hellenic Navy