Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea

January 14, 2020 – Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 reported…

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NATO Statement on Iran’s Seizure of Two Ships in the Strait of Hormuz

July 20, 2019 – We condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation. We urge Iran to immediately release the ships and their crew. The UK has made clear that their priority is to address the situation through dialogue and diplomacy. NATO supports all diplomatic efforts…

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46 Italian Sailors Conduct Anti-Piracy Training in Pakistan

February 15, 2019 – Contrast to maritime piracy, cooperation in areas of crisis and interoperability between fleets. These are the general objectives that animated the international exercise AMAN 2019 , organized by the Pakistani Navy, which took part in representing the Italian Navy the European Multi Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini, already engaged in the campaign in the Middle East…

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EUNAVFOR Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

December 8, 2018 – Today is an important milestone for the EU’s Common Security & Defence Policy, as the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) celebrates ten years of maritime operations. Commanded from its military HQ in Northwood, London, the European Union Naval Force was officially launched on 8 December 2008. Codenamed ‘Operation ATALANTA’ (after the mythological Greek huntress), it…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia…

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INS Sunayna Seizes Arms and Ammunition Off the Somali Coast

November 13, 2018 – Indian Naval Ship Sunayna while deployed for anti piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden detected a few suspicious boats approximately 400 nautical miles North East of Mogadishu, off the coast of Somalia, on 09 November 2018. Upon investigation, the boats were found to be carrying one AK-47 and AKMS rifle each, ammunition, magazines, grapnels used…

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Japan Renews Horn of Africa Mission for Another Year

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – Regarding the number of pirates and other incidents occurring off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, more than 200 cases occurred annually from 2009 to 2011, but the number of cases of piracy, etc. occurred in the international community including anti-piracy activities by SDF troops Due to continuous efforts, we are…

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Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and…

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CMF Attends Beyond Piracy Conference in Copenhagen

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have participated in the Maritime Security in Africa – Beyond Piracy conference in Copenhagen on 2 May 2018 to share valuable lessons learnt by the coalition, and gain insight from a number of key global delegates. The conference, attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world, was organised by the University of Copenhagen to discuss…

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CTF 151 Completes Counter Piracy Operation Hamad

Counter Piracy (CP) Focused Operation (FO) HAMAD, run by Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, has successfully concluded, with the specific aim of keeping piracy suppressed in the Socotra Gap, the Somali Coast and the Gulf of Aden. Units involved were from a variety of countries, including Japan, Oman, Pakistan and Spain. During the operation, units were concentrated around the Socotra…

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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…

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