Rome native participates in North African Maritime Exercise

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. — A 2004 Rome Free Academy graduate and native of Rome, Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Martin, participated in the Exercise Phoenix Express 2021 — the 16th iteration of the North African maritime exercise that began on May 17, in Tunis, Tunisia, throughout the Mediterranean Sea. 

Eleven nations — Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain and the United States — operated together from May 17 through May 28 to increase regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities, enhancing efforts to promote safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea and territorial waters of participating North African nations. 

Martin played a key role in supporting the exercise as an electronics technician responsible for the setup and operations of communications between ships and aircrafts.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the U.S. is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy, according to the announcement through the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

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