WARSHIPS OPERATING IN SUPPORT OF CTF150 CONTINUE PRESENCE PATROLS IN THE WESTERN GULF OF ADEN

Last week the Pakistani frigate PNS Alamgir and the Australian frigate HMAS Newcastle conducted a simultaneous replenishment at sea with the USNS Kanawha. This was followed by an opportunity to practice close in manoeuvres and improve interoperability. Both vessels are operating in the Gulf of Aden in direct support to CTF 150 and its counter terrorism mission.

CTF 150 is currently focused on providing naval presence in the vicinity of the Bab Al Mandeb Strait to reassure the international maritime community after incidents involving merchant shipping earlier this year. Warships continue to patrol the area, conducting transits through the crucial maritime trade corridor and upholding the free flow of commerce and shipping.

Under a French lead, the staff of CTF 150 is the first combined French-UK command which operationalizes the French-UK naval co-operation under the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF). This framework was initiated in 2010 under the Lancaster House Agreement between Paris and London. The staff also includes officers from Belgium, Italy and Australia, and exercises command over ships and aircraft from several CMF participating nations.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 31 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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