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NEWS | March 16, 2022

U.S. Naval Forces Africa Kicks Off African Lion 22 Crisis Action Planning

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) commenced crisis action planning for African Lion 22, U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) premier joint annual exercise, March 14-18, 2022.

The crisis action planning team will train on planning procedures, to include mission analysis and course of action development. This year’s exercise will take place in Agadir, Morocco in June.

African Lion is a multi-domain, multi-component, and multi-national exercise, which employs a full array of mission capabilities with the goal to strengthen interoperability among partner nations and enhance the ability to operate in the African theater of operations.

"Peace and security are held together by enduring partnerships," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Spivey, Director of Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet. " U.S. Africa Command's African Lion 2022 builds enduring partnerships alongside our North Africa and the Mediterranean Partners and Allies to preserve peace and security from the sea and ashore."

 Last year, the exercise included more than 7,000 participants from nine partner and NATO nations. The maritime portion of the exercise, led by NAVAF, included a naval gunfire exercise, multiple sea-based maneuvers, and crisis response capabilities from U.S. Sixth Fleet ships, Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), and expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5).

Exercise African Lion 22 will involve U.S. service members from all service components, including the Reserves and National Guard. The exercise provides a critical opportunity for members of the joint team to build and test their strategic readiness to deploy, fight and win in a complex, multi-domain environment.

The African and Euro-Atlantic navies share a myriad of security interests in the Mediterranean Sea. NAVAF is committed to working alongside its Northern African and Euro Atlantic allies and partners to help improve maritime security in the Southern Mediterranean.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.