The Egyptian Navy recently visited Bahrain with a four ship training task group to participate in an exercise with the Royal Bahrain Navy. Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) was pleased to host a visit by an Egyptian delegation during the port visit, at the CMF Headquarters on Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
On May 4, 2015 Rear Admiral Ahmed Mafereh and Rear Admiral Gamal Ibrahim accompanied by the Commanding Officers of the visiting ships were hosted by Vice Admiral Miller, Commander Combined Maritime Forces. The purpose of this visit was to explore opportunities for potential Egyptian interaction with CMF and lay the framework for possible future Egyptian participation with CMF.
Combined Maritime Forces is a professional naval force comprised of 30 nations who focus on Maritime Security Operations and work together to deny the use of the seas for terror and other illicit activity. From its headquarters in Bahrain, CMF provides direction and support for numerous ships and aircraft across a huge area of water, from the Arabian Gulf to the Suez Canal, from Pakistan to Kenya.
Rear Admiral Ibrahim said “We had a productive meeting discussing the common threats and opportunities for by both Egypt and the wider Middle East Region” This set the stage for a tour of the headquarters followed by a presentation by the Direction Operations for CMF, Captain Michael Turner, Royal Australian Navy. This brief covered all aspects of CMF operations and the potential for the Egyptian Navy and CMF to work closer together. Captain Turner said “The Egyptian Navy is a professional and capable Navy that has much experience in the Red Sea. Our common interest is a solid basis to build on for future potential cooperation and Egyptian Navy participation with CMF.”
After the tour of the CMF headquarters, the visiting Admirals toured the operational areas of Combined Task Forces’ 151 and 152 to see how the day to day planning of CMF naval forces is handled. Commodore Suliman Al Enazi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the Commander CTF152 and Commodore Asif Hameed Siddiqui Pakistan Navy the Commander CTF151 graciously hosted the tour of their facilities.