Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Exercise PHOENIX EXPRESS-2017 came to an end which has been conducted since May 8. Participating nations included U.S., Algeria, Morocco, Croatia, Holland, Spain, Italy, Malta, Mauritania and Tunisia together with Turkey. Cartagena, Spain, has hosted this year’s exercise. The Turkish Navy participated in the exercise with TCG GÖKÇEADA, crew members of which also included Maritime Security Center of Excellence (MARSEC COE) mobilized team. They provided training for Mauritanian Navy’s Boarding Team. The next part of the exercise followed by in- port phase activities, during which the Turkish frigate conducted a port visit to Cartagena, Spain.