Officers from Japanese warship Harusame, supporting the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force, were welcomed onboard Turkish warship TCG Buyukada recently, which is operating as part of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, when the two ships were sailing in close proximity to each other in the Gulf of Aden.
Captain Masatoshi Kashihara, commander of the 20th Deployment of the Surface Force for Piracy Enforcement, along with officers from the Japanese ship, took the great opportunity to visit TCG Buyukada. The delegation was welcomed onboard by Lieutenant Commander Ali Tuna Baysal, the ship’s Commanding Officer, while his second in command and other officers transferred across to the Harusame. Both visits were extremely beneficial, with shared discussions about current counter-piracy issues in the area, and enhanced the already strong bonds which exist between the two counter-piracy organisations.
Following the formal meetings, Lieutenant Commander Baysal provided a guided tour of his ship and hosted a lunch.
Captain Kashihara said:
“The visit at sea was great opportunity to see how we each do business. The exchange of information about maritime security in the area of operations is fundamental to building trust and confidence between our ships and wider organisations.”
Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich from the Royal Thai Navy and Commander of CTF-151 said:
“This sort of exchange between two counter-piracy warships can lead to great benefits for both CMF and NATO. It provided an opportunity for each ship to update the other on the security situation in their area of operations, thus creating ever-better situational awareness. Clearly it is also fundamental to ensuring mutual cooperation in countering piracy together.”