Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)


The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF)’s JS Akebono and Italian Navy’s ITS Carlo Margottini have conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden, designed to maximise the ability of coalition forces to counter piracy in the region.

JS Akebono (right) and ITS Carlo Margottini (left) conducting helicopter training during a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. (Photo courtesy of ITS Carlo Margottini)

Coordinated and supported by the Headquarters of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, the PASSEX included a series of communications and manoeuvring exercises, helicopter training and scenario-based coordination. These provided CTF151’s JS Akebono and CTF465’s ITS Carlo Margottini with a valuable opportunity to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthening the mutual understanding of the ships’ capabilities, practices, and procedures, and significantly enhancing the interoperability in regional counter-piracy operations.

JS Akebono during the PASSEX. (Photo courtesy of ITS Carlo Margottini)

Following the completion of the PASSEX, Commander CTF 151, Rear-Admiral (RADM) Saw Shi Tat, said, “The successful conduct of this PASSEX showcased the professionalism of the two warships. It has also reaffirmed the positive working relationship between the two Task Forces’ Headquarters and the greater emphasis that we have placed to strengthen collaboration in counter-piracy operations.”

JS Akebono and ITS Carlo Margottini conducting maneuvering exercises. (Photo courtesy of ITS Carlo Margottini)

Commander CTF 465, RADM Simone Malvagna, added, “The exercise is testament to the commitment of the participating ships and the respective Task Forces’ Headquarters in contributing to global maritime security through counter-piracy efforts within the same area of operations.”

CTF 151 personnel from the Republic of Singapore Navy supporting the PASSEX from CTF 151 Headquarters.

The cooperation and coordination of military forces working together on counter-piracy missions help to strengthen understanding, interoperability and mission success. Regular joint training and exercises are key to making this happen.