The bi-annual conference took place recently in Bahrain with senior representatives from all 31 CMF nations, as well as the 3 Combined Task Forces (CTFs): CTF-150 (Counter-Terrorism), CTF-151 (Counter-Piracy), and CTF-152 (Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf). The conference also involved a number of other nations and organisations including: European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR), Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and representatives from industry including Intertanko. Encouragingly, independent maritime nations such as India and Sri Lanka also attended, interested in CMF output and how they operate.

The two day conference, chaired by the Commander of CMF, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, is an opportunity to brief on CMF activities, successes, challenges, and opportunities for future cooperation.