CTF 151 Conducted Operation Haka

December 2, 2018 – CTF 151 recently conducted Operation Haka on behalf of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a Counter Piracy Operation in the Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Socotra Gap. This was completed as part of the Kuwait Navy-led CTF 151’s enduring mission to counter piracy, and to contribute to wider maritime security in the region. Operation Haka was held over the period 16-23 November 2018, and was conducted with the dedication and assistance of adjacent forces within CMF, the European Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, Independent Deployers and regional stakeholders. Units…

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RFS Severomorsk in Russian-Japanese Exercises in the Gulf of Aden

November 10, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the Russian-Japanese anti-piracy naval doctrine began in the Gulf of Aden, in which warships of the Russian Navy and Japanese Navy take part. The Russian side is a large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long voyage in the Indian Ocean. From the Japanese side, the squadron “Ikazuti” participates in the exercise. Such interaction between the sailors of the Northern Fleet and the Japanese Navy is carried out for the first time in the history of the…

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Northern Fleet’s Severomorsk Operating in Gulf of Aden

October 1, 2018 (Google Translation) –  The large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, fulfilling the tasks of the long-range campaign, entered the Indian Ocean from the Red Sea. During the passage through the Gulf of Aden, the crew of the ship conducted a monitoring of the safety of civil shipping in areas of high pirate activity. A Ka-27PS helicopter with an anti-terrorist group was raised for reconnaissance. The on-duty change of the combat unit of the communication worked to receive possible radio signals from civilian vessels in dangerous areas. In…

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INS Teg Conducts PASSEX With USS Jason Dunham in Gulf of Aden

September 27, 2018 – On 12 September 2018, the United States Navy’s USS Jason Dunham – under the command of CTF151 – and INS Teg commanded by the Indian Navy as an Independent Deployer, conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. The PASSEX included a series of communications and maneuvering exercises, as well as small boat operations. It provided the participating warships valuable opportunities to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthened the mutual understanding of the ships’ capabilities, practices and procedures and enhanced the interoperability between…

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Jason Dunham Provides Defense for Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal 18

September 17, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) participated in the Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18 with multiple U.S. Navy and Marine Corps counterpart forces in the Gulf of Aden, Sept. 14. Led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, TACR 18 integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets, including the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to practice a range of critical combat-related capabilities, such as securing littoral environments and de-mining critical waterways. “Our goals for…

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Focused Operation Vigilant Lion a Roaring Success in the Gulf of Aden

September 12, 2018 – As part of its enduring mission to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Singapore-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 conducted Focused Operation: Vigilant Lion on behalf of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The operation, which ran from 31 August to 8 September, involved adjacent forces in CMF, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, Independent Deployers, and regional counter-piracy stakeholders. The objectives of the operation were to improve maritime domain awareness through information sharing, and enhance assurance to merchant shipping through intensified…

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JS Akebono PASSEX with ESPS Castilla in Gulf of Aden

September 3, 2018 – On the morning of 29 August 2018, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s JS Akebono and the Spanish Navy’s ESPS Castilla – flagships under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465 respectively – conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. The PASSEX included a series of communications and maneuvering exercises, as well as helicopter training. These provided the participating warships the valuable opportunity to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthened the mutual…

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USS Jason Dunham Seizes Illicit Arms in Gulf of Aden

August 30, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet, seized an illicit shipment of arms from a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, on Aug. 28. The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding, conducted in accordance with international law. Illicit cargo discovered by the Dunham’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team included over 1,000 weapons. “Our ship routinely conducts maritime security operations with our highly-trained VBSS team incorporating both on and off ship intelligence…

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INS Teg Lends Assistance to MV Vela in the Gulf of Aden

August 29, 2018 – On 25 Aug 18, whilst patrolling in the piracy infested waters of Gulf of Aden, INS Teg, a warship of the Western Naval Command, received a call from a Combined Task Force aircraft for providing assistance to MV Vela, a Norwegian owned ship with an all Indian crew. The vessel was in distress as her port anchor along with the entire 330 mtrs cable weighing approx 42 tons had inadvertently slipped and was hanging into the sea. This had severely disabled the ship with her speed…

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PLAN Taihu Escorted MV Jinda and Trains in VBSS

The comprehensive supply ship Taihu (Hull 889) attached to the 28th Chinese naval escort taskforce successfully escorted the merchant ship “Jinda” to the designated sea area on March 6, local time. This is the first time that the Taihu ship has conducted escort missions independently. It also marks the first on-board escort mission for the special operations force of the Chinese naval escort taskforce. The merchant ship Jinda set sail from central China’s Tianjin Municipality for Egypt through the Gulf of Aden. It could not take advantage of the Chinese…

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Chinese naval frigate escorts merchant ship of UNWFP

The guided-missile frigate Yancheng (Hull 546) of the 28th Chinese naval escort taskforce set out in west waters off the Gulf of Aden on a mission to escort SELIN-M, a merchant ship transporting humanitarian supplies for the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP), at 9 am on Feb. 2, local time. The SELIN-M set sail on Jan. 30 from the Port of Sudan in the Republic of the Sudan for the Port of Mombasa in the Republic of Kenya through the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali. The joint…

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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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ROK Destroyer Exercises With EUNAVFOR in Gulf of Aden

The Korean warship, ROKS Chungmugong, has recently deployed off the coast of Somalia as part of EU NAVFOR.  This cooperation between the Republic of Korea and European Union warships is helping to strengthen maritime security and keep seafarers safe as they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. ROKS Chungmugong is the lead ship in its Yi Sun-sin class of destroyer.  It comes equipped with the latest military and surveillance technology, and so is perfectly suited to counter-piracy operations. On meeting EU NAVFOR, the sailors from both ships ‘cross-decked’…

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EUNAVFOR Teams Up With CTF 150 in Gulf of Aden

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EUNAVFOR Task Forces have conducted recent exercises off the coast of Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of ongoing cooperation and partnership work in the region. CMF’s Task Force CTF150 has a mandate to deny the free use of the high seas to networks supporting terrorism in the wider Indian Ocean; EUNAVFOR’s CTF465 has a mandate (since 2008) to conduct counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Although they have a different focus and aim, both missions complement each other as they…

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