VICTORIA, Seychelles – Turkish warship TCG Gokceada, flagship to Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), recently visited Victoria, Seychelles.
Whilst in port, the ship took the opportunity to host 12 boys and three Foyer De Nazareth Orphanage staff.
The boys were given a full tour of the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, including the bridge, where they got to sit in the captain’s chair. They were told about life at sea and received ship’s souvenirs.
Ramus Legaie, an 8-year-old from the orphanage said, “The ship is so big! I got to sit in the Captain’s chair. Today has been a great experience for me. Thank you Gokceada!”
Lt Oguz Bastemur, the ship’s Operations Officer, and Lt Okan Sesiguzel, the Weapon Electronics Officer were the ship’s tour guides for the boys’ visit.
Bastemur said “It was great to be able show the boys from Foyer De Nazareth around TCG Gokceada. Whenever TCG Gokceada visits a port we always try to engage with the local community as much as possible to inform them about what we do and our capabilities.”
Commander Cihat Asan, commanding officer of TCG Gokceada, stated, “I’m glad that the boys from Foyer De Nazareth had the opportunity to visit my ship. It is my intention to maintain strong relations with all nations neighbouring the Somali Basin, whilst we are deployed here dealing with piracy.”
CTF-151’s mission is to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, protecting maritime vessels of any nationality and securing freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. In conjunction with NATO and EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), CTF-151 conducts patrols in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) and supports the Best Management Practice (BMP) methods that are promoted to the shipping industry for the avoidance of piracy.
CTF-151 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which is a unique naval coalition, dedicated to promoting security and prosperity across some 2.5 million square miles (6.5 square kilometres) of international waters in the Middle East. CMF’s main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment.