Last month Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF 151), Rear Admiral Ken Cheong spoke at the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium (MIPS).
Rear Admiral Cheong was invited by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to be one of the panelists for the 7th MIPS in his role as CCTF 151. MIPS is an annual forum held in Bahrain to improve interoperability, capability and capacity of maritime infrastructure protection.
CTF 151 is a multi-national team led by Rear Admiral Cheong of the Republic of Singapore Navy. In addition to his Singaporean staff, there are members from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
CTF 151 is focused on the disruption of piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment. As part of CMF, CTF 151 engages with regional partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities in order to secure freedom of navigation and protect global maritime commerce in the Gulf of Aden.
Rear Admiral Cheong said: “Maritime security challenges such as piracy and armed robbery at sea are complex transnational problems that no one state can deal with on its own. This is the reason why law enforcement agencies, coast guards, navies and police from different states must work together.”