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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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 to resolve this situation. All Allies remain concerned by Iran’s destabilizing activities.

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Serviola Deploys to Gulf of Guinea

March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – The tall patrol boat “Serviola” has sailed today from its base in Ferrol to the Gulf of Guinea. In its four months of deployment, divided into three phases, the vessel will remain integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces. The first of the phases that will last until the end of March, will include the transit to the Gulf of Guinea and will include activities of Cooperative Security with the navies of Mauritania and Cape Verde. In the second phase, the vessel…

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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 and Mar Arabian (MOMA). The Aman exercise, or “peace” in Urdu language, kicked off on Friday 8 February, with an opening ceremony in the presence of the Commander in Chief…

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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 is a naval force generated by EU Member States working collectively, in support of UN Security Council Resolutions agreed from 2008 onwards, to tackle the Somali piracy crisis at source.…

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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 to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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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 for boarding ships and oil drums and the absence of fishing equipment. The boats and crew were released post interrogation and the weapons confiscated to prevent their illegal use by…

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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 currently at a low level. However, poverty in Somalia, the fundamental cause of creating pirates, has not yet been solved, and the situation remains unchanged in circumstances where you must…

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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 showed the strength like-minded nations have in combating the trans-national threat of global terrorism. CDRE Mal Wise said he was proud of the achievements made by CTF150 during the past…

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OEF Releases State of Piracy Report

The number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016, according the annual State of Piracy report released today by One Earth Future (OEF)’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program. The report analyzes the human and economic impacts of maritime piracy and robbery at sea in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Guinea, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. “Pirate activity in 2017 clearly demonstrates that pirate groups retain their ability to organize and implement attacks against ships transiting the region,” says…

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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 maritime issues on both the East and West coasts of Africa. During the event, Commander (Cdr) Alexander Meyer Royal Navy, representing CMF, spoke about the maritime security issues currently being…

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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 Gap, interacting with and monitoring the movement of Merchant Vessels (MV) using the high risk areas as a navigational short-cut, and also monitoring MV adherence to Best Management Practices (BMP4).…

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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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Indian Navy Foils Piracy Attempt in Gulf of Aden

A piracy attempt on the high seas was foiled by an Indian Naval warship on 06 October 2017 INS Trishul a stealth frigate of the Indian Navy whilst on Anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, was escorting a merchant vessel MV Jag Amar when she detected a boat carrying out suspicious manoeuvers in the vicinity of the merchant ship. INS Trishul closed the boat for investigation and launched her integral helicopter to investigate. The skiff was carrying items identified as piracy triggers and some small arms with ammunition. Marine…

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Update on JMSDF Somalia Air Operations for March

April 14, 2017 – Aerial activities of P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden Record of Mission (As of March, 2017) 1. Number of flights 22 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 1,768 flights) 2. Flight hours Approx. 180 hours (AT: Approx. 13,570 hours) 3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships Approx. 1,800 ships (AT: Approx. 146,800 ships) 4. Number of the information provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships Approx. 70 times (AT: Approx. 12,620 times) 5. Specific Cases which requires action…

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