A U.S.-led exercise aimed at helping East African and Indian Ocean nations thwart piracy, illegal fishing and other seaborne crimes is set to end on Thursday. The 16 participating countries worked together to spot, raid and search suspicious ships during simulations near Djibouti and Seychelles in the weeklong Cutlass Express. U.S. Africa Command and the Navy’s 6th Fleet hosted the exercise. (…) This year, countries with operation centers all used the SeaVision 2.0 computer program, which gave them the same electronic picture of activities occurring on the ocean. Helping African countries reduce crime on their regional waters make the seaways safer for all”, said Christopher Jasparro, national security affairs professor at the Naval War College. (…)