Rear Admiral Byeong-Ju Yu (Commander CTF151) recently visited the Sultanate of Oman and met with the Acting Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Commodore Saif bin Mohammed al Habsi for mutual discussions on maritime security.

“This visit has been an excellent opportunity to build on the strong relationship between the Combined Maritime Forces and the Royal Navy of Oman and to offer my personal thanks for their continuous support, especially in medical evacuations and in port business support,” said Rear Admiral Yu.

CCTF151 meets the Acting Commander of the RON
Rear Admiral Yu, CCTF151, meets the Acting Commander of the Royal Oman Navy

The visit included a tour of the Oman Maritime Security Centre (MSC) in Muscat. Commodore Mansour bin Mohammed al Kharousi briefed his visitors on the MSC’s role in coordinating maritime security operations; search and rescue operations and marine environmental protection.

CCTF151 meets the Commanding Officer ROPCG
Rear Admiral Yu, CCTF151, meets the Commanding Officer ROPCG

Whilst in Oman, the final call was with the Officer Commanding the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard, Colonel Al Saif Khalfan Al Muqbali. Rear Admiral Yu concluded: “The Navy and Coast Guard have the same objective to ensure maritime security. It is therefore vital that we continue to enhance information sharing amongst our regional partners to continue to deter criminality and piracy at sea.”

Rear Admiral Yu recognised the importance of the role played by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) during his visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he met with the Royal Navy Liaison Officer in the Gulf region and the Battle Watch Captain at UKMTO to discuss their shared aims of deterring piracy.

CCTF151 tours the RON MSC
Rear Admiral Yu, CCTF151, tours the Royal Oman Navy Maritime Security Centre

Rear Admiral Yu said: “UKMTO is the interface between military forces and maritime communities. Although UKMTO liaises with military maritime operations, its role is not to coordinate a military response. That role is left to counter-piracy forces, of which CTF 151 is one.  Collaborating together we help to support the maritime industry to ensure security and safe navigation of the seas.”