The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) concluded their participation in the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2023, which was carried out in several regions, including the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, with the aim of boosting maritime security.
RSNF, which participated with the removal units of the Special Maritime Security Forces, led the mine warfare group in the exercises held in Bahrain and Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Meanwhile, the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) and the Maritime Security Center (MSC), also took part in the International Maritime Exercise 2023 (IMX23), Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
The International Maritime Exercise (IMX 2023) kicked off on 26 February and was carried out by the US Fifth Fleet Command with the participation of 43 countries, in addition to 15 representatives of various maritime forces.
The multinational event is combined with Cutlass Express, which is led by Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Both involve more than 50 partner-nations and international organizations operating in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and East African coastal regions.
Additionally, the combined exercise included 7,000 personnel, 35 ships and more than 30 unmanned and artificial intelligence systems, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.
Participants focused on combined command and control, maritime security, mine countermeasures, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence integration, and global health.
Held in the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and western Indian Ocean, IMX 2023 activities are viewed as one the largest and most important naval exercises at the regional and international levels.
The exercise aimed to orchestrate maritime military concepts among the participating countries and strengthen the naval security system by employing guided systems in the various tactical operations.
The exercise featured multiple joint naval drills, primarily operations to combat naval mines with guided systems, maritime search and rescue activities, maritime field medical evacuations, exchange expertise in operating modern unmanned boats, and training VBSS teams.
IMX and Cutlass Express ended on March 16 and 17, respectively. This is the 8th iteration of IMX since the exercise was established in 2012.