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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USS Cole Remembers – 18 Years Later

October 12, 2018 – In remembrance of the attack on the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), family, friends and service members – both past and present – gathered at Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 12, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the ship’s bombing, with a wreath-laying ceremony and tolling of the bell. The solemn ceremony honored and celebrated the 17 shipmates who perished in the attack, as well as the resolve and warfighting attitude the “Mighty Cole” continues to embrace. Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Christopher Grady who…

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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strikes in CENTCOM AOR

September 27, 2018 – The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27. During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander. “The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central command. “As part…

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USS Preble Responds to Distress Call from Iranian Vessel

USS Preble (DDG 88) rendered aid to a stranded Iranian fishing vessel, Dec. 16 at approximately 1:00 p.m. local time while transiting the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. An MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the Easyriders of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, currently embarked with Preble, was conducting routine flight operations in the vicinity when they spotted the Iranian vessel approximately 60 nautical miles from the nearest land.  “The distressed mariners were seen waving their hands over their head in an effort to get the attention of our…

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Australia Relieves Pakistan in Command of CTF 150

The Pakistan Navy (PN) today handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) after conducting a change of command ceremony at CMF Headquarters in Bahrain. Commodore Mal Wise, RAN, assumed command of CTF150 from Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi, PN at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral John Aquilino USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. The assumption of command of…

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Iranian Navy Participating in Int’l Maritime Drills in Bangladesh

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise-2017 (IMMSAREX-17) started in the Bay of Bengal November 27th and the Iranian Navy’s 49th flotilla of warships may be among those taking part in the drills. The Iranian naval fleet, comprising Sablan destroyer and Bandar Abbas logistic-combat warship, is participating in the international maritime exercise in Bangladesh after sailing more than 3,800 nautical miles to reach the South Asian country. Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the exercise at the Hotel Royal Tulip, adjacent Inani Beach at Cox’s Bazar, on…

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HST Conducts Anti-Terrorism Drills

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) successfully completed the ship’s week-long Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Phase Four Certification while pier-side, Nov. 17. The completion of the drills marked the end of Truman security department’s basic training phase, which was assessed by Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. “This week we ran all of Naval Security Operation Experience Program’s basic drills for everything that we could encounter while performing our job,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Omar Delgado, security’s training petty officer. “The main purpose of us doing this is to see how…

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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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American Citizen Convicted of Conspiring to Murder U.S. Nationals in Bombing Attack Against Military Base in Afghanistan

A federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict today against Muhanad Mahmoud Al-Farekh on nine counts, including conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to bomb a government facility and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.  Farekh faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan. The verdict was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney Bridget M. Rohde for the…

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Somali Pirate Sentenced to Life for 2010 Attack on USS Ashland

April 26, 2017 – Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia, was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the attack on the USS Ashland, a U.S. Navy ship, in April 2010. Today’s announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Martin Culbreth of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office in Virginia, and Special Agent in Charge Maureen Evans of the…

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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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Deployed maintenance for more time on task

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East. This is the first time a combined team has been deployed to complete such a large number of maintenance tasks, which they hope will ensure Arunta can continue important duties with minimal disruption. Officer in charge of the team, Commander Rudi Overmeyer said the team was enthusiastic to undertake the maintenance aspect…

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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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