Yemeni Coast Guards recently embarked HMS Daring and HMAS Parramatta to observe maritime security operation Scimitar Anzac, conducted in the vicinity of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) conducted this Scimitar Anzac to further ensure the safe, unimpeded passage of merchant shipping through this key strategic waterway. The routine focused operation is one of a regular series of maritime security operations conducted by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the region.
Scimitar Anzac also marked the first embarkation of a Command Task Group (CTG) on the British Type 45 destroyer, HMS Daring, which has recently joined CMF; a 25 nation partnership of naval and air forces operating to maintain stability and maritime security across the area of operations in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Gulf region. The command staff team embarked aboard HMS Daring and was led by Captain Lance Cook, RNZN, CTF Chief of Staff 150 and a comprised a small team of Australian and New Zealand Navy personnel.
In addition to HMS Daring and HMAS Parramatta, Pakistan Naval Ship Babur and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight also participated. Focused Operation Scimitar Anzac additionally demonstrated the flexibility of the CMF with a U.S. Navy P3 Orion aircraft, which conducted support missions for the operation.
Captain Lance Cook RNZN noted the significance of the operation as he explained that these trade routes are traversed by over 23,000 merchant vessels per year. He said,
“We aim to further strengthen international maritime security efforts in the region through direct contact with agencies such as the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization, to facilitate contact with local mariners. Yemeni Coast Guard personnel are playing a key role in this activity by being embarked abroad CTF-150 ships to provide local knowledge of the physical environment and maritime activity. The willingness of the commanding officer and ships’ company of HMS Daring to embark a CTF-150 Command Task Group is greatly appreciated. We look forward to continued engagement with our CMF partner nations in pursuing our mission to maintain a lawful and safe maritime environment.”