39th SHADE Conference in Bahrain

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                     30th Nov 2016


 Information sharing is key at the 39th SHADE Conference in Bahrain

 The conference centre at the British Club in Manama, Bahrain was packed full of delegates from around the world for the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Conference (SHADE) on Wednesday 30 Nov.

 Representatives from NATO, EUNAVFOR, Combined Maritime Forces, US 5th Fleet, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization, Somalia, Oceans Beyond Piracy Organization, The World Food Programme, Merchant shipping industry and the Russian Federation and China discussed their joint efforts in response to the threats to the free flow of commerce in the region.

 The spillover of regional conflict in to the maritime environment is a threat that is clear and present in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al Mandeb Strait (BAM) seen in the recent attack on MV Swift. Another incident in that waterway, the attack on MV Galicia Spirit, has highlighted the fact that it is not always possible to determine the source or motive of an attack and therefore deduce how to react. What is certain is that none of the nations and organizations present can afford to ignore these threats and it is in the collective interest to work together to address them.

 Vice Admiral Kevin M Donegan USN Commander Combined Maritime Forces, encouraged the conference to take home the message that despite the reduction of successful piracy attacks since 2008, counter-piracy still requires their attention. He said, “The threats we knew in the past have been suppressed but not eliminated and new threats are emerging. Strong and effective communications will continue to help us synchronize regional military responses and coordinate both military and industry counter-piracy efforts.”



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CTF 151 Handover #piracy #maritimesecurityoperations




Republic of Korea handover to Pakistan at CTF 151 Change of Command Ceremony Marines Band Corps of DrumsMarines Band Corps of DrumsMarines Band Corps of DrumsPakistan has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 after conducting a change of command ceremony with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy today.  This was presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. CTF 151’s principal mission is to disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea.

Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI (M), Pakistan Navy, assumed command of CTF 151 from Rear Admiral Nam Dong Woo, ROK Navy, on 26th October 2016 at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain.  His Excellency the Ambassador of Pakistan and His Excellency the Ambassador of The Republic of Korea were in attendance.

Pakistan has previously commanded CTF 151 seven times and also currently commands the CMF counter-terrorism CTF 150. During the next four months Commodore Shuaib will lead a multi-national team to deter pirates, reassure those who ply the seas legitimately and facilitate the free flow of commerce across his area of operations.

Not only does CTF 151 synchronise its efforts with those of similar task forces from the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, it also works closely with a number of independent nations patrolling the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. Additionally, CTF 151 units also assist mariners in distress and conduct other humanitarian work as required.

On handing over command, Rear Admiral Nam said: “I am proud to have served here, and of all we have achieved together. I am convinced that Commodore Shuaib will continue to enjoy success as he takes command of CTF 151.”

On assuming command, Commodore Shuaib said it was a privilege to lead the Pakistan CTF 151 command rotation. He praised the successes of Rear Admiral Woo’s team, both at sea and in their active engagement with regional nations and remarked that, “Pakistan is equally committed and prepared to shoulder the challenging responsibility of keeping the regional maritime environment safe. I will continue to develop ways to share information and coordinate counter piracy efforts to ensure that lawful trade is not hindered by piracy.”

Commodore Shuaib concluded, “In the Pakistan Navy we value the trust and confidence placed in us by our like-minded friends in CMF. We will continue the good work of ROK Navy and look forward to leading such an important mission.”


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Representatives from the Royal Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy #ReadyTogether #CMFcmf_internationaldayofthegirl-u

On International World Day of the Girl, these naval officers are grateful that they could follow their dreams of joining the navy and seeing the world. An organisation which acknowledges strength in diversity is a successful one.


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CTF 152 US/IRAQ PASSEX 27th Sep ’16

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Combined Maritime Forces Video


Combined Maritime Forces is formed of 31 nations, all contributing towards a stable and secure maritime environment.

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