Cutlass Express 2016

A Djibouti Marine searches a vessel suspected of illicit activity during a visit, board, search and seizure scenario as part of the 2016 Cutlass Express exercise near the Port of Djibouti, Feb. 3, 2016. The goal of the exercise was to strengthen regional cooperation and help address challenges that no single nation is capable of tackling alone.
A Djibouti Marine searches a vessel suspected of illicit activity during a visit, board, search and seizure scenario as part of the 2016 Cutlass Express exercise near the Port of Djibouti, Feb. 3, 2016. The goal of the exercise was to strengthen regional cooperation and help address challenges that no single nation is capable of tackling alone.
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Sniper platoons from the 11th MEU and French Marines conduct bilateral training during Exercise Alligator Dagger

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 bolsters maritime security

Naval and Coast Guard personnel from across the globe joined together to train in waters off the Port of Djibouti, Jan. 31 to Feb. 5, 2016, as part of exercise Cutlass Express 2016.

Seven nations gather in Djibouti, honor the fallen during Armistice Day ceremony

For nearly 100 years nations have annually commemorated the end of World War I on Nov. 11, with an Armistice Day ceremony. The French Marine Base in Djibouti held a ceremony that remained faithful to the heritage and tradition of military service to honor those who were lost in WWI.