On Monday 3 April the Pakistani Navy ship, PNS Tippu Sultan, joined Combined Task Force 151 in its counter piracy mission off the coast of Somalia.

Pakistan has been at the forefront of counter piracy measures in the region for many years, with PNS Tippu Sultan having undertaken these duties on several previous deployments. She is warmly welcomed back into Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151).

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Image: PNS Tippu Sultan during her deployment with CMF between 19 November 2015 and 3 January 2016. During this period the ship conducted maritime security patrols in the international waters off the Horn of Africa and Makran Coast.

Over the coming months PNS Tippu Sultan’s key roles will be to patrol the waters of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somali basin, offer protection to merchant vessels, both regional and international, and support the wider Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission to improve maritime security in the region.

CTF151 has strengthened counter piracy efforts in the region in close coordination with the European Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Task Force CTF465 and other counter piracy partners. Supported from within CMF, CTF151 continues to engage and build regional capacity to protect global maritime trade and ensure freedom of navigation.

Speaking on the occasion of PNS Tippu Sultan joining CTF151, Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda, Commander Combined Task Force 151, said: “Operating within CTF151, PNS Tippu Sultan will be directly contributing to this international counter piracy operation in order to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in the region.”