Turkish-Led CTF 151 Flagship visits Djibouti

Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) 151 recently visited Djibouti with his flagship TCG Gemlik. Taking a short break from counter-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, TCG Gemlik came alongside in the Horn of Africa’s prominent port.

Turkish Amphibious Team onboard TCG Gemlik, conducting training together with their counterparts from the Djiboutian Navy.

Turkish Amphibious Team onboard TCG Gemlik, conducting training together with their counterparts from the Djiboutian Navy.

During the busy port visit to Djibouti, Rear Admiral Bay called on the Defence Minister His Excellency Hassan Darar Houffaneh; the Djibouti Armed Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier General Daher Ali Mohamed and the Coast Guard Commander Captain Wais Bogoreh.

Djibouti Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh with Rear Admiral Bay

Djibouti Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh with Rear Admiral Bay

During his visits Rear Admiral Bay thanked Djiboutian officials for assigning a National Liaison Officer to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Command and discussed issues related to counter-piracy.

Djibouti Armed Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier General Daher Ali Mohamed with Rear Admiral Bay

Djibouti Armed Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier General Daher Ali Mohamed with Rear Admiral Bay

Rear Admiral Bay also visited the Japanese Deployment Ground Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement; the Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement and the Spanish Air Force maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft detachment.

CCTF 151 Rear Admiral Bay visits the Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement (DAPE), #ReadyTogether.

CCTF 151 Rear Admiral Bay visits the Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement (DAPE), #ReadyTogether.

He took time to visit the United Nations World Food Program Director and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Djibouti, where he took the opportunity to talk over immigrant handling processes in case of a ‘Safety of Life at Sea’ situation.

Rear Admiral Bay visits Japanese Deployment Ground Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Commander Colonel Shinji Furusho and Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Captain Koichi Kitahara (from left to right, clockwise: Commanding Officer TCG Gemlik, the Republic of Turkey Mogadishu Armed Forces Attache Captain Ismail Ipekci, CCTF 151 Rear Admiral Bay, Colonel Shinji Furusho

Rear Admiral Bay visits Japanese Deployment Ground Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Commander Colonel Shinji Furusho and Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Captain Koichi Kitahara (from left to right, clockwise: Commanding Officer TCG Gemlik, the Republic of Turkey Mogadishu Armed Forces Attache Captain Ismail Ipekci, CCTF 151 Rear Admiral Bay, Colonel Shinji Furusho)

CTF 151 is a multi-national Task Force consisting of TCG Gemlik; the Pakistan Navy Ship Aslat; the Japanese Navy Ships Akizuki and Sawagiri and the Republic of Korea Ship Chungmugong Yi Sunshin. Commanding this multinational task force since 27 August, Rear Admiral Bay said: “I am very proud of my sailors, petty officers and officers on each unit under my command, who serve with devotion and are thousands of miles away from their homes in support of maritime security and prosperity in this part of the world.”

In addition to the visits the Turkish Amphibious Team and the Firefighting Team onboard the Flagship TCG Gemlik successfully conducted training together with their counterparts from the Djiboutian Navy in order to contribute to regional capacity building.

Rear Admiral Bay visits Djiboutian Coast Guard Commander Captain Wais Omar Bogoreh

Rear Admiral Bay visits Djiboutian Coast Guard Commander Captain Wais Omar Bogoreh

CTF 151 staff and TCG Gemlik crew also had the opportunity to visit the Daryel Orphanage in Djibouti.

CTF 151 staff and TCG Gemlik crew visited Djiboutian the Daryel Orphanage

CTF 151 staff and TCG Gemlik crew visited Djiboutian children in the Daryel Orphanage

The Turkish-led CTF 151 will continue to conduct counter piracy patrols in the area of operation under command of CMF which is a multinational naval partnership of 30 nations. CMF exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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