Singapore Navy’s Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat Visits INS Teg in Djibouti

A delegation led by the Commander Combined Task Force (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat, Republic of Singapore Navy, visited INS Teg (presently berthed at Djibouti) on 16 Jul 18. During the interaction, various aspects of anti-piracy operations including CTF 151 modus operandi were discussed. The Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Anurag Srivastav, and Nalin Kothari, Consulate General, Djibouti also visited the ship at Djibouti 16 Jul 18. The Ambassador walked around the ship and was given a presentation on IN activities and operations in Gulf of Aden. Subsequently, the…

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Welcome aboard ITS Carlo Margottini Colonel Iwakami

Countering piracy requires strong partnerships; this is especially true of Combined Maritime Forces and EU NAVFOR. On 7th July 2018, Colonel Iwakami from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) supporting Combined Task Force 151’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment based in Djibouti was welcomed aboard ITS Carlo Margottini. The crew of the Italian flagship continues the cooperation between partner nations ensuring military assets are used to best effect to deter and disrupt piracy off the Somali coast, keeping seafarers safe and maintaining maritime security. European and Japanese counter-piracy forces…

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CTF151 successfully deepens CMF relationships both at sea and ashore

Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, now under the Command of Bahrain, has been very active in recent weeks, successfully deepening Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMFs’) relationships, both at sea and ashore. Commodore Yusuf Almannaie, of the Royal Bahrain Navy and current Commander of CTF151, received a high level visit from a Japanese delegation after they had attended the recent Manama Dialogue in Bahrain. Japan continues to be a strong member of CMF, contributing its highly effective ships and P3 maritime patrol aircraft to CTF 151’s mission, countering piracy, protecting global maritime…

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Bahrain Takes Over Command of CTF 151 From Turkey

The Turkish Navy handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) to the Royal Bahrain Navy after conducting a change of command ceremony on Thursday. Captain Yusuf Almannaei, Royal Bahrain Navy, assumed command of CTF 151 from Rear Adm. Emre Sezenler, Turkish Navy, at a ceremony at CMF headquarters at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Navy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F)/Combined Maritime Forces . The assumption of command…

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Coalition Forces Render Aid to an Iranian Fishing Vessel

In coordination with the European Union Naval Force and the Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, which is a part of the Combined Maritime Forces, the U.S. Navy provided assistance to an Iranian fishing vessel after a reported piracy attack Oct. 24, south of Socotra, Yemen. The Iranian coast guard called U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to report the incident and seek assistance for the fishing vessel. NAVCENT coordinated with the European Union Naval Force, who sent a patrol aircraft to investigate the incident. Destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83)…

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CTF 151 Leads Focused Operation Dynamic Kharif

CMF’s Combined Task Force 151 has led an operation, in close cooperation with EU NAVFOR Somali, to deter, disrupt and deny acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia. With the onset of seasonal weather conditions which are now more suitable for skiffs and small boats, coupled with recent piracy activities in first half of 2017, the threat of piracy remains real. In order counter this threat, CTF 151 led ‘Focused Operation Dynamic Kharif’, which was conducted off the coast of Somalia between 14 – 28 September 2017. [smartslider3 slider=21]…

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Combined Maritime Forces Change of Command

Combined Maritime Forces welcomes a new commander at a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain, 19 September 2017. Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino relieved Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan as Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F), and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Having assumed command on 3rd September 2015, VADM Donegan has spent two years as the CMF commander. A multi-national naval partnership, CMF exists to promote security, stability, and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompasses…

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PNS Tippu Sultan Joins CTF 151

On Monday 3 April the Pakistani Navy ship, PNS Tippu Sultan, joined Combined Task Force 151 in its counter piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. Pakistan has been at the forefront of counter piracy measures in the region for many years, with PNS Tippu Sultan having undertaken these duties on several previous deployments. She is warmly welcomed back into Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151). Over the coming months PNS Tippu Sultan’s key roles will be to patrol the waters of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somali basin,…

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