Counter Piracy Commanders Meet in Gulf of Aden

During a series of mutual cross-deck visits, staff members from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 had a good opportunity to meet with their counterparts from Japan and CTF 465, the European Union Naval Task Force, in the Gulf of Aden.

CTF 151 Units TCG Gemlik and JS Akizuki meet in the Gulf of Aden

CTF 151 Units TCG Gemlik and JS Akizuki meet in the Gulf of Aden


Commander CTF (CCTF) 151, Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, said: “We are operating in this part of the world in order to secure the maritime environment and contribute to stability and prosperity of the region. Solidarity between all the counter piracy forces, which function for the same purpose, is an integral part of our mission for ultimate success.”

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay and the Japanese Counter Piracy Division Commander Captain Futoshi Toyozumi  together with CTF 151 staff and ship's officers onboard JS Akizuki .  Clockwise: LCDR (TUR N) Ozgur Ozkan, Capt. (JPN N) Futoshi Toyozumi,  Rear Admiral (TUR N) Ayhan Bay, CDR (JPN N) Yasuharu Aso,  LCDR (TUR N) Nazif Bozkurt and LCDR  (JPN N) Reo Tsuda

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay and the Japanese Counter Piracy Division Commander Captain Futoshi Toyozumi together with CTF 151 staff and ship’s officers onboard JS Akizuki . Clockwise: LCDR (TUR N) Ozgur Ozkan, Capt. (JPN N) Futoshi Toyozumi, Rear Admiral (TUR N) Ayhan Bay, CDR (JPN N) Yasuharu Aso, LCDR (TUR N) Nazif Bozkurt and LCDR (JPN N) Reo Tsuda

Rear Admiral Bay visited the Commander of the Japanese Counter Piracy Division Captain Futoshi Toyozumi onboard his Flagship JS Akizuki. He then visited Italian Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, Commander CTF 465 on his Flagship ITS Carabiniere. In return TCG Gemlik hosted her distinguished Japanese, Italian and Spanish guests.

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay (TUR N) and the EU Naval Force (CTF 465) Commander Rear Admiral (ITA N) Stefano Barbieri  exchanging shields onboard ITS Carabiniere

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay (TUR N) and the EU Naval Force (CTF 465) Commander Rear Admiral (ITA N) Stefano Barbieri exchanging shields onboard ITS Carabiniere

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.

CTF 465 (EU Naval Force) and CTF 151 staff onboard TCG Gemlik.  Clockwise: LCDR (TUR N) Enis MULA,  LT (ITA N) Luca Giolo, Capt. (ESP MC) Ignacio Marquez and LCDR (TUR N) Nazif Bozkurt. ‘Stronger Together’

CTF 465 (EU Naval Force) and CTF 151 staff onboard TCG Gemlik. Clockwise: LCDR (TUR N) Enis MULA, LT (ITA N) Luca Giolo, Capt. (ESP MC) Ignacio Marquez and LCDR (TUR N) Nazif Bozkurt. ‘Stronger Together’

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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