The Commander of Pakistan-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) held a recent engagement via Zoom with the Commander of the Coastguard and Deputy Commander of the Djibouti Marine Nationale.
Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) of Pakistan Navy followed the current Covid-19 trend of using Zoom conference calling to discuss future collaboration and encourage counter-piracy capability development. The virtual meeting also validates that despite Covid-19 restrictions, the CTF-151 mission to engage with regional partners remains at the forefront of CMF’s operational activity.
“We share a common goal – to ensure free flow of commerce,” said Cdre Munib. “At CTF-151, our measure of success is to ensure zero piracy incidents. We are already there, now we need to maintain it. Our mutual cooperation and coordination can make this happen.” He added his desire to assist Djibouti in its pathway to joining the CMF as a member nation, further enhancing cooperation between participant nations. Colonel Waiss Omar Bogoreh of the Djibouti Coastguard concurred; “We will continue to support CMF operations with our assets and personnel.”
In an earlier meeting during the Turkish Navy command of CTF-151, Djibouti proposed liaison officers from their Coastguard. The success of this liaison hasn’t gone unnoticed; “Having an additional officer from Djibouti Coast Guard would be of great value to build our capacity and enhance cooperation and coordination.” added Col Bogoreh. “I am ready to cooperate further and keep lines of communication open and share more information in order to keep this region safe. I look forward to see more representation from Djibouti in CMF in the future.”
Merchant vessels transiting through the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden can enhance their maritime security by following the guidance provided in BMP5, which includes using Armed Security Teams, using the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), and notifying the UKMTO in Dubai of their progress.
Outside of CMF partners, CTF 151 regularly work with other maritime security partners such as EUNAVFOR and Independent Deployers to provide a continuous military presence in the region.