JMSDF Renews Commitment to Somalia Patrols

November 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – As the title has been decided by today’s Cabinet, we will inform you as follows. The number of incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden occurred more than 200 annually from 2009 to 2011. Due to ongoing efforts, it is currently at a low level.   However, poverty in Somalia, which is the root cause of piracy, has not yet been resolved, and there remains no change in the situation where piracy must be dealt with. In addition,…

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First Piracy off Somalia in Seven Months

May 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between 21 and 23 April, a group of pirates attacked two Korean and Spanish fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia , before being apprehended as part of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. This is the first piracy incident around the Horn of Africa since October 2018. On April 19, 5 pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow. Two days later, the pirates attacked 2 fishing vessels with skiffs, using the dhow as the mother boat. EU NAVFOR immediately responded by sending air and naval units to…

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USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month

January 29, 2019 – While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. This is the second such interdiction within a month. The Chung-Hoon seized over 5,000 kilograms of hashish while patrolling the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 27, 2018. “What I’m most proud of is the synergy between our…

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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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