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Inside the World’s Second-Largest Maritime Exercise

Inside the World’s Second-Largest Maritime Exercise

The second-largest naval exercise in the world has ended across the Middle East.

HMS Lancaster leads Indian Navy frigate INS Trikand and US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Robert Goldman (Picture: Royal Navy).

International Maritime Exercise/Cutlass Express 2023 is the largest multinational training event in the Middle East, involving 7,000 personnel from more than 50 nations and international organizations committed to preserving the rules-based international order and strengthening regional maritime security cooperation.

More than 7,000 personnel from 50 nations with two dozen ships and board and search teams committed to IMX and, although the focus was principally on naval warfare, the RAF also provided aerial support from Cyprus.

A US board and search team on HMS Lancaster (Picture: Royal Navy).

Terrorism, smuggling, sea mines and aerial drone attacks were among the varied list of potential threats that the sailors learned how to tackle.

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An Aerovel Flexrotor drone lifts off from USS Paul Hamilton (Picture: Royal Navy).

Thirty different autonomous systems were rolled out during the exercise, including, for the first time in the Middle East, the world’s longest-range electric aircraft, the K1000ULE surveillance drone – capable of missions lasting more than one day.

A US Board and Search team apprehend a ‘smuggler’ on board HMS Lancaster (Picture: Royal Navy).
MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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