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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Update on JMSDF Somalia Surface Operations for March

Escort operations performed by MSDF units (Deployed Maritime Units) off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden Record of Mission (As of March, 2017) 1. Direct Escort (1) Number of direct escort operations: 7 times (775th – 781th) (The 734th – 740th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law) (2) Number of escorted vessels: 11 vessels (AT of 3,774 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law) [Breakdown] – Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 17) – Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 1…

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Google Translation March 18, 2017 – Stopping at Djibouti as part of the “Jeanne d’Arc 2017” mission, the frigate Courbet set sail on 16 March 2017 to integrate the Atalanta operation, under the operational control of Alindien, and to go off the coast of Somalia after The attack by alleged pirates of the oil tanker “Aris 13”. Arrived in the area the next morning, the Aris 13, released in the night, is relocated by the Dauphin helicopter of the frigate during a reconnaissance flight. The Courbet then made a first…

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