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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A New Era of Partnership between CTF-151 and China’s ETG-150

The Republic of Korea’s CTF-151 flagship, Munmu the Great, and Chinese navy units in the Gulf of Aden have fostered greater level of cooperation through joint activity over the summer.

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Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo and Rear Admiral Huang Xinjian meet on board the Chinese flagship Changchun.

For the past several weeks CMF’s Counter Piracy Force, CTF-151, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy force in the Gulf of Aden, Escort Task Group 150 (ETG-150), have been increasing their level of cooperation to ensure greater security and freedom in the Gulf. The seed of this newfound cooperation was planted between the Commander CTF-151, Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo ROKN and the Commander ETG-150 Rear Admiral Huang Xinjian PLA-N, on 10 July 2014. During an open and friendly meeting on board the Chinese flagship Changchun, the two commanders discussed their respective missions and the potential for cooperation. The meeting included a ships tour and a luncheon where Rear Admiral Young-joo and his staff were made to feel most welcome.

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Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo CTF-151 discusses Counter Piracy cooperation with Rear Admiral Huang Xinjian on board the Chinese flagship Changchun.

Through candid and future-orientated dialog, the two commanders discussed the necessity for enhanced cooperation between their forces in countering piracy threats to safeguard the legitimate and safe passage of maritime commerce. Specifically, the commanders established that the Chinese navy will continue their operational contribution to tackle piracy threats, which is the common goal of both forces in the strategic region of the Gulf of Aden.

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Rear Admiral Huang Xinjian and Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo on Changchun’s flight deck prior to the Korean teams return to Munmu the Great.

Since this important meeting, ETG-150 has deepened their cooperation with CTF-151 on information sharing about piracy activities, meteorological information, and the positions of escort units when providing convoy escort to ships of all nations. On the basis of this information exchange, both organisations committed to looking for further opportunities for mutual cooperation. A second meeting of the two commanders is planned on board the flagship of CTF-151, Republic of Korea ship, Munmu the Great in early August. Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo said he was most appreciative of the Chinese efforts and their commitment to counter piracy operations adding; “Now we can truly say we go together!”

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HMAS Darwin leaves on a high!

HMAS Darwin has completed her highly successful deployment to the Middle East in support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and is now heading home to Sydney.

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship's company as part of their medal presentation following their successful deployment.

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship’s company as part of their medal presentation following their successful deployment.

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CTF-152 scores with Exercise Goalkeeper

Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) led a multi-national, regional exercise to enhance Maritime Interdiction Operations and to improve cooperation and interoperability between the numerous forces undertaking security operations in the Gulf.

P251 UAE Navy vessel Ghantut conducts a personnel transfer with USS Sirocco.

P251 UAE Navy vessel Ghantut conducts a personnel transfer with USS Sirocco.

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Commander CTF-151 begins Gulf of Aden engagement

The Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Munmu the Great has quickly settled down to business in the Gulf of Aden leading Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151).

Rear Admiral Cho Young Joo welcomes Commodore Aage Jensen aboard ROKS Munmu the Great.

Rear Admiral Cho Young Joo welcomes Commodore Aage Jensen aboard ROKS Munmu the Great.

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