A Strength of having 30 nations operating together in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) partnership is the opportunity to train together and learn from one another, contributing to greater interoperability during operations. Pakistan Navy and Maritime Security Agency personnel recently had such an opportunity when participating in a five day Visit, Board, Search, Seizure (VBSS) training with the US Coast Guard Middle East Training Team in Manama, Bahrain.
Commodore Brian Santarpia, Commander CTF-150 congratulates LT Kaleem Ullah from the Pakistan Navy for his participation to the training at the closing ceremony
The Middle East Training Team consists of U.S. Coast Guard specialists who provide law enforcement and tactical proficiency training for the Coast Guard personnel as well as for foreign navies and coast guards throughout the region.
The training consisted of classroom theory and challenging practical exercises concentrating on vessel pre-boarding and boarding procedures, use of force continuum, boarding team communication, close quarters battle tactics/procedures, and numerous scenarios with live role players, including a brief introduction to Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
Commodore Brian Santarpia, Royal Canadian Navy, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) was invited to preside over the training closing ceremony.
“This training provides a valuable opportunity to share best practices and enhance the interoperability between CMF forces,” said the senior officer. “VBSS is a critical skill in our wider maritime security operations missions. As boarding specialists, you are the first layer of security, identifying and intercepting potential threats before they reach your critical infrastructure or coastline. Your skills and tactical acumen will play a major role in contributing to successful maritime security operations for your country.”
Commenting on the performance of the Pakistani personnel, he added: “The instructors have been very impressed by your effort and focus during this training. I commend you for your outstanding commitment to enhance your skills and strengthen our interoperability. Congratulations on a job well done to you as well as to the Coast Guard instructors.”
Members of the Pakistan Navy and Maritime Security personnel with personnel from the US Coast Guard Middle East Training Team. Commodore Brian Santarpia, Commander CTF-150, (centre) was presiding over the ceremony.