The French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Forbin, assigned to Commander Task Force (CTF) 50-led by the Royal Navy, assisted in the rescue of mariners from a sinking dhow on Feb 13.
FS Forbin was in the Gulf of Oman on Monday 13 Feb 17 when the ship heard a May Day call from a dhow in distress.
The captain of the dhow ‘Al Shena’ reported that his vessel was taking on a lot of water. Within minutes of acknowledging the May Day call FS Forbin’s Commanding Officer, Captain Christophe Cluzel, launched the NH90 helicopter and altered the ship’s course in the direction of the dhow approximately forty miles away.
An Oman Maritime Patrol Aircraft assisted in the coordination of the rescue. The urgency of the situation was clear as soon as the helicopter arrived on the scene. All crew members and passengers were winched off the sinking dhow by the French Aircrew and transferred to a nearby merchant vessel which had also responded to the May Day call.
Minutes after the last person had been lifted off the vessel, the ‘Al Shena’ capsized and sank.
قوة الواجب المختلطة 152 بقيادة القوة البحرية الملكية الاردنية تستضيف وسائل الاعلام في المنطقةفي اليوم الاول لتنفيذ التمرين البحرين استجابة الصقر- سلامة الارواح في البحر
Better late than never: With a tonne of other CTF 150-related news to post up lately, this one is a little late, but it’s a goodie – from Camp Lemonnier, news (with picture) that Commodore Haydn Edmundson Royal Canadian Navy, met with US Army Major General Kurt Sonntag, Commander Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) while visiting Djibouti on 28 November 2016.
Visiting CJTF-HOA just before taking the driving seat of CTF 150, Cdre Edmundson discussed a range of topics with his counterpart before travelling on to Bahrain to take command of CTF 150 with his staff of 38, comprised of Canadian and Australian personnel. The Change of Command ceremony held in the presence of Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan Commander, Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain on 16 December 2016 saw Pakistan turnover the 25-nation collective of contributing navies and 2 million square miles of CTF 150’s area of operation to the Canadian-led mission.
Image and text content credit: CJTF-HOA PAO
Today’s photo of the day is of Commander, CTF 152 Colonel Adbelkader Almarahleh Royal Jordanian Navy hosting his Combined Maritime Forces CTF 150 counterpart Commodore Haydn Edmundson Royal Canadian Navy, at the CTF 152 headquarters in Bahrain.
Discussion topics included increasing collaboration between the two task forces and exploring opportunities for future operations.
استقبل قائد القوة حفظ الواجب المشتركة (CTF 152) العقيد عبدالقادر المراحلة من القوة البحرية الملكية الاردنية قائد قوة حفظ الواجب المشتركة(CTF150) العقيد هايدن ادمونسون من البحرية الكندية وذلك في مقر القيادة بمملكة البحرين. خلال المقابلة قام الطرفان مناقشة سبل تطوير التعاون وإمكانية تنفيد عمليات مشتركة بين القيادتين.