International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2022, a biennial 18-day naval training event led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, combines with Exercise Cutlass Express (CE) led annually by U.S. Naval Forces Europe -Africa in the coastal regions of East Africa and the West Indies Ocean.
The combined formation includes 9,000 personnel and up to 50 vessels from more than 60 partner nations and international organizations operating in two regions.
“This level of representation demonstrates a shared commitment to preserving the rules-based international order,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “This is a unique opportunity to increase our capabilities and interoperability while strengthening maritime ties.”
IMX/CE 2022 is not only the largest multinational naval exercise in the Middle East, but also the largest unmanned exercise in the world with more than 80 unmanned systems from 10 participating countries.
During the first day of the exercise, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister, attended part of the International Maritime Exercise, where he was briefed new unmanned technologies and engaged in the exercise. His Royal Highness visited Naval Support Activity Bahrain where he was also briefed on the activity of the Royal Bahrain Navy participating in the exercise.
In addition, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister stressed the importance of protecting international maritime traffic against threats that negatively impact global trade, thanking the United States for its role in this regard, and stressed the need to unify international efforts to further strengthen regional cooperation. maritime security.
The exercise will allow participating forces to test unmanned systems and artificial intelligence in different training scenarios and ultimately apply lessons learned to future real-world operations. The training will also focus on capacity building for command and control, maritime control, maritime security operations and mine countermeasures.
The international naval forces participating in IMX/CE 2022 are divided into four geographic Combined Task Forces led by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kenya and Oman. A combined task force called Task Force X was also created to conduct portions of the exercise focused on unmanned systems and artificial intelligence integration.
Cooper is the exercise commander and the commodores of Pakistan and the United Kingdom are deputy commander and vice commander respectively.
This is the seventh iteration of IMX since its inception in 2012. Training evolutions during this year’s combined exercise will cover the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and the northern Indian Ocean.
The exercise is scheduled to end on February 17. A full list of participating nations and international organizations is available at https://www.dvidshub.net/graphic/18822/imx-ce-22-participant-list.