Rear Admiral Emre Sezenler, Turkish Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), recently visited Jordan to conduct Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) with the leaders of military and civilian organisations involved in maritime security.

The first courtesy call was held in Amman with the Turkish Ambassador to Jordan, Mr Murat Karagöz, where productive talks about the dynamics of Jordan were held.


Admiral Sezenler then traveled to Aqaba for the second part of the KLE. He met with Commander of the Royal Jordanian Naval Force, Brigadier General Ibrahim Alnaimat, and during this visit, Admiral Sezenler reaffirmed Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) continued commitment to maritime security and naval support in the region. The Admiral expressed appreciation for Jordan’s support to maritime security and the free flow of commerce.


This was followed by a meeting with Director General of the Jordan Maritime Commission, Mr Salah Ali Abu-Afifeh. After a warm welcome, the Admiral was briefed about the concept of the Jordan Maritime Commission. The Admiral was then given the opportunity to brief the Commission about the recently promulgated Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC) and Best Management Practices (BMP4) for protection against piracy.


Reflecting on the KLEs he has conducted whilst commanding CTF 151, Rear Admiral Sezenler said: “I have visited five countries so far and met with 19 military and eight civilian leaders as well as numerous supporting staff. Such visits establish a vital line of communication between CMF and countries with overlapping objectives so that they can mutually support each other. Maritime security is important to all nations and CMF will continue to work hard in partnership with these nations to prevent piracy, smuggling and other risks to the freedom of navigation.”