Senior Pakistan Navy Officers Visit United States Coast Guard Training Facility

Senior Pakistan Navy Officers Visit United States Coast Guard Training Facility

Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy task force commander, Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M), and the commander of Pakistan’s Navy flotilla in the region, Commodore Khan Muhamad Asif SI (M) visited the U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Force Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) squadron training facility in Bahrain.

Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy task force commander, Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M), and the commander of Pakistan’s Navy flotilla in the region, Commodore Khan Muhamad Asif SI (M) visit the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters, Bahrain (Photo: Combined Task Force 151).

The Commodores and their teams, including the Commanding Officers of Pakistan ships PNS Alamgir and PNS Azmat received a briefing from PATFORSWA Commanding Officer Captain Willie L. Carmichael before touring the engineering warehouse and the Maritime Engagement Team facility. 

PATFORSWA Commanding Officer Captain Willie L. Carmichael and his staff demonstrate their equipment to Commander CTF-151 Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) (second from left) and the Mission Commander of the Pakistan Navy flotilla Commodore Khan Muhamad Asif (third from right) (Photo: Combined Task Force 151).

The tour included the unique ‘Ship in a Box’ – a 1:1-scale mockup of a dhow inside an environmentally-controlled facility, used to train ships’ boarding teams on Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) procedures. The facility also contains mock up containers of a merchant vessel on which similar procedures are practiced.

Mission Commander of the Pakistan Navy flotilla, Commodore Khan Muhammad Asif SI (M), PNS Alamgir’s Commanding Officer Captain Bilal Sana PN, and PNS Azmat’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Imran Bahsir PN observe the capabilities of the United States Coast Guard’s “Ship in a Box” (Photo: Combined Task Force 151).

“This facility provides an excellent opportunity for CMF member nations to train their crew for Maritime Security and Counter Piracy Operations,” said Cdre Munib.

“The highest standard of professionalism displayed by the CMF and U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams during maritime security operations at sea is a testament to the necessity of such a world class training facility,” he added.

Enhancing interoperability between partner nations remains a key area of focus at the Combined Maritime Forces. Training facilities such as the Maritime Engagement Team facility at PATFORSWA provides task force command teams with an opportunity to standardize procedures and techniques for Maritime Security Operations across a group of partner nations.

PATFORSWA Commanding Officer Captain Willie L. Carmichael and his staff demonstrate their equipment to Commander CTF-151 Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) and the Mission Commander of the Pakistan Navy flotilla Commodore Khan Muhamad Asif (Photo: Combined Task Force 151).
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