Over the past few weeks, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck has patrolled the Gulf of Oman to conduct counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in support of CTF-150.

Sun Setting
Sun Setting

While assigned to CTF-150, Aquidneck is busy searching, identifying, approaching and boarding vessels suspected of providing a source of funding to international terrorist organisations by smuggling illicit cargo such as narcotics, weapons and Somali charcoal.

Large Cargo Dhow
Large Cargo Dhow

The cutter also helps to develop CTF-150’s understanding of the maritime environment in the region while building positive relations with local fishermen and merchants.

Talking with fishermen
Talking with fishermen

The Coast Guard cutter’s assignment with CTF-150 marks the second time since 2011 that a USCG patrol boat has provided direct support to CTF-150.

Dhow with Aquidneck in the background
Dhow with Aquidneck in the background