New Commander for FS Var, Combined Task Force 150 flagship

In June, while sailing in the Gulf of Aden, Capt. René-Jean Crignola, Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF-150), held a national change of command ceremony aboard the French replenishment oiler FS Var, flag vessel of the Task Force. During this ceremony at sea, Commander (Cdr) Patrick de Sevin relieved Cder Jean-Yves Martin as FS Var new Commanding Officer.

Change of command ceremony onboard FS Var, CTF-150 flagship, held by Commander of CTF-150 Captain René-Jean Crignola

Change of command ceremony onboard FS Var, CTF-150 flagship, held by Commander of CTF-150 Captain René-Jean Crignola

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French ships involved in counter-terrorism missions and Djibouti Navy Training at Sea

Captain René-Jean Crignola, Commander, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), visited La Fayette class, French Frigate (FF) Surcouf, in order to meet Commanding Officer, Commander (Cdr) Thomas Fraïoli. The FF has been part of CTF-150 taking part in maritime security operations throughout the Gulf of Aden, Somalia Basin and Indian Ocean.

Combined training between French and Djiboutian boarding teams.

Combined training between French and Djiboutian boarding teams.

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More success against drug smuggling for CTF-150 units

Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Newcastle, which is deployed in direct support to Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 operations has seized and destroyed an additional 581kgs of high purity Heroin, with an estimated U.S street value of approximately $US 404million. This major catch is the largest and seventh successful haul led by CTF-150 units since France took command of the Task Force last April. Five of these drug seizures have been made by HMAS Newcastle’s crew, on the base of information provided by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

HMAS Newcastle's 19 June 2015 net haul of narcotics seized from a dhow as part of operations involving narcotics interdiction off the east coast of Africa

HMAS Newcastle’s 19 June 2015 net haul of narcotics seized from a dhow as part of operations involving narcotics interdiction off the east coast of Africa

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CTF150 : HMNZS Te Kaha conducting capacity building with Seychelles Forces

Her Majesty New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha, (TEK) New-Zealand’s first ANZAC class frigate, to be engaged in Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), was recently in Seychelles to work with the Seychelles Coast Guard, (SCG). This was part of the Task Force Maritime Security Operations training to constantly improve interoperability between allied maritime forces as well as to enhance their maritime security capabilities.

The Seychelles Coast Guard with their hosts onboard TEK, at the buoy in the Seychelles.

The Seychelles Coast Guard with their hosts onboard TEK, at the buoy in the Seychelles.

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CTF-150 meets at sea with EU Naval Force Somalia

While navigating off the Somali coast, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 flagship, French Ship (FS) Var, linked up with two Spanish ships from the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia otherwise known as Operation Atalanta, who were operating in the area.

Spanish Ship Galicia and French ship Var side by side during replenishment at sea in the Indian Ocean.

Spanish Ship Galicia and French ship Var side by side during replenishment at sea in the Indian Ocean.

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International Maritime Community Works Together to Counter Piracy at SHADE

Representatives of the international maritime community met in Bahrain on Tuesday to discuss counter-piracy efforts at the 36th SHADE conference.

The Shared Awareness & Deconfliction (SHADE) conference offers a vital opportunity for military and civilian representatives to meet, share information and discuss cooperation opportunities to maintain the current suppression of piracy in the region. The conference discussed the causes of piracy, deterrence operations and the protection of merchant shipping.

Best Management Practices 4

Best Management Practices 4

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Royal Navy Warship Works With Close Allies In The Fight Against Drug Smuggling

Royal Navy warship HMS Richmond has spent the last two months conducting boarding operations off the Horn of Africa, disrupting the drug supply routes into Europe and the UK.

HMS Richmond on patrol with CTF150

HMS Richmond on patrol with CTF150

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