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About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 31 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.

Combined Maritime Force (CMF) senior officers visit the Royal Bahrain Naval Force.

On 16th May a team of CMF officers, led by Captain Maurizio Pastorino of the Italian Navy, visited the Royal Bahrain Naval Force to understand the capabilities it can bring to bear. The visitors were provided with a comprehensive brief … Continue reading

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CMF reinforces safety of life at sea

During the weekend of 13-14 May 2017 CTF151 coordinated a rescue from a sinking Yemeni dhow, Al-Mubarak, in the western Gulf of Aden. Pakistan Navy Ship Tippu Sultan, on CTF151 counter piracy operations, was first on scene and, following the … Continue reading

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Second Narcotics Seizure for HMAS Arunta Demonstrates Winning Combined Maritime Formula

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta has seized more than 250kg of heroin hidden in a dhow transiting the North West Indian Ocean. This seizure marks the second successful narcotics interdiction for Arunta since the frigate commenced its counter-terrorism mission … Continue reading

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40th SHADE Conference Held in Bahrain with the Need for Vigilance off Coast of Somalia Reinforced

The 40th Shared Awareness and De-Confliction (SHADE) conference took place in Bahrain between 25 – 26 April, with military and shipping industry representatives from 33 countries and 14 international organisations taking part in a range of discussions and forums. Image: … Continue reading

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Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense visits NAVCENT and CTF151

On Saturday 6th May 2017, Mr Hiroyuki Miyazawa, visited US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Japanese led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in Manama, Bahrain. Image (left to right): Rear Admiral Fukuda JMSDF (Commander Combined Task Force 151), … Continue reading

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First Narcotics seizures for French Ship Surcouf under CTF150

Less than three weeks into its deployment, the FS Surcouf has made its first two narcotics seizures, with back to back boardings yielding around 400kg of heroin. Early in the morning on 28 April Surcouf’s boarding team began their search … Continue reading

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Combined Maritime Forces have continued to promote regional cooperation through the process of ‘Key Leader Engagements’. Rear Admiral (RADM) Tatsuya Fukuda, Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151), visited the Seychelles and Pakistan recently to conduct a series of key … Continue reading

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