The EU Naval Force Somalia Operation change of command ceremony onboard HNLMS Johan de Witt in the Port of Djibouti provided an ideal opportunity for three incoming commanders of the counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia to meet and discuss upcoming operations.
During the next few months Rear Admiral Eugene Diaz del Rio, Spanish Navy, Commander of the NATO task force, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean, French Navy, Commander of the EUNAVFOR task force and Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Danish Navy, future Commander of the Combined Maritime Force Task Force CTF 151 will be working closely together in order to deter piracy, which still poses a threat to maritime security and prosperity.
DSC_5318 – Three incoming Commanders of the Counter Piracy Operations. From the left: Rear Admiral Eugene Diaz del Rio – NATO Ocean Shield, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean – EUNAVFOR ATALANTA and Commodore Aage Buur Jensen CMF – CTF 151. Photo: taken by Casten Fett, German Air Force
As the UK led command team of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task group Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 prepare to hand over to a Danish led command team, the outgoing staff reflect on the achievements of the past four months.
After a period of training, the UK led multinational team deployed to Bahrain in late August to prepare for the Change of Command with outgoing staff from Pakistan. The formal handover took place on 5 September at Naval Support Activity Bahrain and RFA Fort Victoria with embarked staff sailed a few days later to the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa to begin coordination of the CMF counter piracy mission.
The new staff was the first to command CTF 151 from afloat, consecutively using two UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships as flagships and command hubs. The 23 embarked and two shoreside UK Royal Navy staff were augmented by multinational staff from some of the 29 CMF member nations’ navies.
CTF 151 Command Team.
CMF ship ROKS Choi Young has contributed to a collection of over 2,600 US dollars for people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan after a charity fundraising event.
More than two hundred members of the ROK Naval Escort Task Group, which included members of CTF 151 ship ROKS Choi Young’s crew, held the e-sport fundraising event after hearing about the damage caused by the devastating typhoon.
ROKS Choi Young fundraisers who collected over 2,600 US dollars for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Force Generation Conference, attended by all CMF contributing nations, has been hailed a success by the organisation’s Commander.
The conference, held on 4 December 2013 at the US Naval Support Activity base in Bahrain, was hosted by Vice Admiral John W. Miller, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces and Commodore Keith Blount Royal Navy, United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander and Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces.
131204-N-VY489-005 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Dec. 4, 2013) Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), center, and Commodore Keith Blount, Royal Navy, deputy commander, CMF, right of center, greet members of CMF participating in the Commanders and Force Generation Conference (CFGC). The conference provided an opportunity for CMF and individual Combined Task Force (CTF) Commanders to demonstrate their achievements during the past six months since the previous CFGC. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mike Wright/Released)
A Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) seminar to hone the skills needed for boarding operations to stop smuggling and other illegal maritime activities in the Gulf has culminated with a realistic practical test of the participants’ skills and knowledge.
Eighteen officers from Gulf Cooperation Council States (GCC) Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as Jordan and Pakistan, took part in the three day seminar which was hosted by US Coast Guard officers and covered all aspects of boarding operations.
Everything from determining the legal grounds for a boarding to how to safely sweep a vessel for armed criminals was covered, with the emphasis being on open discussion and the sharing of past experiences to pool and improve group knowledge.
Service members from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations prepare to move forward during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) seminar conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) Maritime Engagement Team, Bahrain. PATFORSWA consists of Coast Guard personnel forward deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of maritime security and maritime infrastructure protection operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Felicito Rustique/Released)
A team of Australian Navy personnel has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean regions after conducting a handover ceremony with Pakistan Navy personnel.
Commodore Daryl Bates of the Royal Australian Navy assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from Commodore Asif Khaliq of the Pakistan Navy on 01 December 2013 at a ceremony onboard the Pakistan Navy Ship Shahjahan in Bahrain.
131201-N-IZ292-079 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Dec. 1, 2013) From left to right, Commodore Asif Khaliq, of the Pakistan Navy, commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 (outgoing), Commodore Keith Blount, deputy commander, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), and Commodore Daryl W. Bates, commander, CTF-150, render honours for national anthems during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Felicito Rustique/Released)
A Bahraini sail training ship had its safe transit assured through a known maritime crime hotspot by Combined Task Force (CTF) 151’s flagship.
The recently purchased sail training vessel, the Albudayyi, was making her maiden voyage to Bahrain from Turkey when she transited the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman.
The Albudayyi and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Austin at sea in the Gulf of Oman.