CCTF 151, Rear Admiral Ken Cheong presents CCD7 CAPT Takashi Inoue a token of appreciation
Rear Admiral Cheong presents CCD7 Captain Inoue a token of appreciation

Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) Rear Admiral (Radm) Ken Cheong, visited CTF 151 units from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

Radm Cheong, of the Republic of Singapore Navy, visited Japanese Ships (JS) Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri while in Oman.  In attendance were Commander, Escort Division Seven, Captain Takashi Inoue, the Commanding Officer of JS Yuudachi, Commander Tomoya Baba, and the Commanding Officer of JS Yuugiri, Commander Tomoyuki Sase.

Radm Cheong and Captain Inoue discussed the importance of building an accurate counter-piracy picture in the Gulf of Aden. Both Commanders agreed that it is essential for all units and adjacent task forces to share their information to create the most up to date intelligence picture.  In addition, the commanders also agreed to increase cooperation and coordination in areas such as Replenishment at Sea and stores transfers.

CTF 151 was established in 2009 and is focused on the disruption of piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment. It also engages with regional and other partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities in order to secure freedom of navigation and protect global maritime commerce.

RADM Cheong said: “I am very thankful for the relentless counter-piracy support JS Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri have shown to CTF 151.”