The Republic of Seychelles has announced its agreement to join Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) making it the 27th country to join this professional capable and alert force across 5 continents. Established in 2002, CMF promotes security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters including the Gulf, Gulf of Aden, Southern Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Its aim is to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy and encourage regional cooperation to promote a safe maritime environment. With its geographical position, the Seychelles is located in an area where piracy occurs and therefore will be one of the key strategic partners of CMF.
Vice Admiral Miller, Commander of Combined Maritime Forces said: “We are delighted to have the Republic of Seychelles be our new partner nation and extend a warm welcome to Captain Gomme of the Seychelles People’s Defence Force to our headquarters in Bahrain. We look forward to the Seychelles working closely together with our other nation partners to strengthen our resolve in fighting global terrorism and countering the blight of piracy on our high seas.”
Representing the Seychelles at CMF’s headquarters in Bahrain will be Captain Antonio Gomme as the Senior National Representative of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces. Captain Gomme said, “I look forward to working with my new colleagues at CMF and contributing to help reduce the criminal activity of piracy and terrorism, making the open seas and world economies a safer environment.”