International Counter-Piracy Efforts Boosted by Joint CMF and NATO Exercise

JS Takanami exercising with HDMS Esbern Snare (foreground)

JS Takanami exercising with HDMS Esbern Snare (foreground)

Japanese Ship Takanami, working in direct support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force CTF-151, has undertaken a joint exercise with NATO’s counter-piracy flagship, the Danish Ship HDMS Esbern Snare, for the first time.

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Rendezvous at sea brings European Union and Combined Maritime Forces counter-piracy flagships together

Rear Admiral Guido Rando in discussion with Captain Kim Jeong-Hyun

Rear Admiral Guido Rando in discussion with Captain Kim Jeong-Hyun

The international effort to defeat piracy in the Indian Ocean and off Horn of Africa was bolstered this week as the flagships of the European Union Naval Force (EU Naval Force) and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force, Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), met at sea to share best practice on how to combat those who use the sea for illegal activities.

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Aussies and Kiwis unite under Pakistan-led CTF-150 to strike a blow against drug traffickers

Members of HMAS Toowoomba's boarding party teams, Sub-Zero and Saintly, on the flight deck, with 5588kg of hashish intercepted during a boarding in support of CTF-150 operations.

Members of HMAS Toowoomba’s boarding party teams, Sub-Zero and Saintly, on the flight deck, with 5588kg of hashish intercepted during a boarding in support of CTF-150 operations.

A ROYAL Australian Navy warship operating under command of Pakistan Navy-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), supported by a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) maritime patrol aircraft, coordinated their efforts this week to strike a blow against hashish traffickers off the coast of Somalia to the tune of $280 million (AUD).

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New Commander of CTF-150 visits USS George H W Bush

Commodore Sajid Mahmood on the bridge of US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush

Commodore Sajid Mahmood on the bridge of US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush

Commodore Sajid Mahmood of the Pakistani Navy, commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), visited the US Navy’s Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush (CVN-77) recently.

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Delegates meet to discuss the international counter-piracy effort

Representatives from around the world have come together in Bahrain to discuss the ongoing fight to counter the piracy threat to shipping posed by criminal gangs from Somalia.

Ms Ifigenia Metaxa from the World Food Programme explaining the importance of sea freight to Somalia

Ms Ifigenia Metaxa from the World Food Programme explaining the importance of sea freight to Somalia

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South Korea passes command of CTF-151 to New Zealand

Commodore Tony Millar of the Royal New Zealand Navy has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-piracy operations from Rear Admiral Youngjoo Cho, Republic of Korea Navy, at a ceremony in Bahrain on 28 August 2014. The ceremony marked South Korea’s third command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151).

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Vice Adm. John W. Miller, center, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, along with Rear Adm. Youngjoo Cho, left, Republic of Korea Navy, former commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, and Commodore Anthony Millar, of the Royal New Zealand Navy render honours for the national anthem during the CTF-151 change of command ceremony.

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Pakistan assumes command of CTF-150 from the Royal Navy

The Pakistan Navy has assumed command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) from the Royal Navy at a change of command ceremony held in Bahrain on 14 August 2014.

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Commodore Jeremy Blunden, Commodore Sajid Mahmood, and Vice Adm. John W. Miller (l-r) render honours for the national anthem during the CTF-150 change of command ceremony.

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