The US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)-led International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2022 has successfully come to an end.

The Middle East region’s largest maritime exercise was inaugurated during a ceremony at US 5th Fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain last month.

This year’s biennial naval training event included exercise Cutlass Express (CE), which is conducted by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa in the West Indian Ocean and East African coastal regions annually.

IMX/CE 2022 saw the participation of over 9,000 personnel and up to 50 vessels from more than 60 partner nations and international organisations.

The event, which is the seventh iteration of IMX, also became the largest unmanned exercise globally as it saw the involvement of over 80 uncrewed systems from ten countries.

The combined exercise was conducted across the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, and North Indian Ocean.

Training operations that were covered during IMX/CE 2022 include mine countermeasures; visit, board, search, and seizure; and mass casualty response.

The exercise formed a combined task force to include artificial intelligence, as well as unmanned systems.

Flight training and ship gunnery and passing exercises, along with an international senior leadership summit, were also part of the event.

NAVEUR-NAVAF maritime partnership programme director and US Sixth Fleet vice-commander rear admiral Jeffrey Spivey said: “These skills, developed during IMX/CE 2022, can make a lasting impact on regional security. The work we have done here can directly contribute to our combined ability to ensure freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce.”