IORIS has been helping combat human trafficking, drugs trafficking, illegal fishing, piracy, and natural disasters in the Indian Ocean region since 2018 and has now played a central role in the Cutlass Express 19.2 exercise. The exercise which took place in the vicinity of Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles lasted 17 days and involved maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American and West Indian nations.
Cutlass Express 19.2 provides an opportunity for partner nations to work side-by-side in order to better synchronise and rehearse for potential real-world scenarios. It is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity; promote national and regional security in East Africa; and increase interoperability between the U.S., African nations and international partners. IORIS is the central platform which facilitates communication and information sharing.