MULTI-NATIONAL COUNTER PIRACY EXERCISE SHARPENS SKILLS

Ships and aircraft from four nations of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) conducted an advanced Counter Piracy Validation Exercise (CPVE) 20 Apr 17 under the direction of the Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF 151).

Picture7Image: Boarding Exercise (HMS Monmouth and ROKS Choi Young’s RHIB at sea) Photo Taken by Kang, Joo Seok (ROKS Choi Young)

The exercise took place in the Gulf of Aden (GOA), adjacent to the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), demonstrating the task force’s professional and highly effective capability. The activities reassured crews of merchant vessels and fishing fleets and communities in the vicinity – particularly pertinent after recent piracy attacks in the region.

Picture8Image: Boarding Exercise (HMS Monmouth and ROKS Choi Young’s RHIB at sea) Photo Taken by Kang, Joo Seok (ROKS Choi Young)

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ship Teruzuki and P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, the Republic of Korea Navy ship Choi Young, the US Navy ship Carter Hall, and the UK Royal Navy ship HMS Monmouth conducted a variety of training evolutions that reinforced collective tactics, procedures and quick information sharing designed to deter, deny and suppress piracy in the region.

Activities included boarding exercises from Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) on to participating warships, designed to hone skills and inspire confidence of interoperability, teamwork and collective effectiveness against pirates.

Picture1Image: Boarding EX (ROKS Choi Young’s Team Embarking to RHIB) Photo Taken by Kang, Joo Seok (ROKS Choi Young)
Picture2Image: Boarding EX (HMS Monmouth’s team on ROKS Choi Young) Photo Taken by Kang, Joo Seok (ROKS Choi Young)

Commander CTF 151, Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda JMSDF, said: “This exercise was an excellent opportunity for the highly capable and well trained Ships’ Companies from my multi-national task force to demonstrate their commitment and ability to communicate and cooperate in operations designed to counter any intent or act of piracy.”

He added: ”The international waters in the GOA and IRTC form an essential route for merchant vessels. Our Counter Piracy operations in this area are primarily focused on maintaining Freedom of Navigation and the continued free flow of commerce.”

Picture13Image: FAREWELL (USS Carter Hall, ROKS Choi Young, HMS Monmouth, JS Teruzuki) Photo Taken by Kang, Joo Seok (ROKS Choi Young)