Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) 151 Rear Admiral (RAdm) Ken Cheong met RAdm Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman and Brigadier Badr Al Zadgali, Commander of the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard during a visit to Oman.
During the visit, RAdm Cheong stated his appreciation to both Omani Commanders for Oman’s support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and CTF 151. They also discussed CMF’s counter-piracy efforts in the region and the Omani Commanders shared insights on the fishing and trade activities in Omani waters and the Gulf of Aden. They agreed on the importance of enhancing mutual understanding and information sharing to strengthen their counter piracy efforts.
CTF 151’s mission is to combat piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment, particularly the Gulf of Aden (GOA), as well as to build understanding and capacity with regional partners. Meetings like this are an important part of CTF 151’s mission.
RAdm Cheong said: “I am thankful for the close friendship between CTF 151 and the Royal Navy of Oman and Royal Oman Police Coast Guard. I am also thankful for their strong support towards CTF 151’s efforts in counter piracy. I look forward to continuing to build on this friendship and cooperation.”
CMF is a multi-national naval partnership that operates within international law and achieves results by co-operation, pooling resources and actively supporting regional maritime forces patrolling their own maritime environment. CMF has its headquarters in Bahrain and operates three Combined Task Forces which cover 3.2 million square miles of ocean.
CTF 151 was established in 2009 and is focused on the disruption of piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment. CTF 151 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.