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Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region over the past six weeks have seized almost 1,000 kilograms of narcotics worth an estimated $USD 625 million.

Seized narcotics are laid out on HMAS Newcastle's flight deck in preparation for destruction at sea as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU. *** Local Caption *** On 1 April 2015, HMAS Newcastle deployed to the Middle East region for 6 months in support of Operation MANITOU.  Royal Australian Navy ships have been continuously deployed to the Middle East since the start of the first Gulf War in 1990. HMAS Newcastle and her crew have commenced the 60th rotation and marks the fifth time HMAS Newcastle has deployed to the Middle East. Operation MANITOU is the Maritime Security Operation in the Middle East region and is Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction improving overall stability to that region, including the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Seized narcotics are laid out on HMAS Newcastle’s flight deck in preparation for destruction at sea as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean 

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Members of Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Newcastle recently undertook extensive forensic boarding training from the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Middle East Field Office at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters based in Bahrain.

Group Photo of HMAS Newcastle Crew and Instructors
Group Photo of HMAS Newcastle Crew and Instructors

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The United States Coast guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) has a team of consummate professionals that provide subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) focused on Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) tactics to armed forces and agencies throughout the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. This group, known as the Maritime Engagement Team (MET), touts a facility that has a nearly 3000 sq. ft (300 sq. meter) “Ship-in-a-Box”, a 36ft (10-meter) Fishing Dhow, and a climate controlled classroom.

U.S. COAST GUARD MARITIME ENGAGEMENT TEAM (May 30th, 2015) – MET and USS MCFAUL (DDG-74)  VBSS  Team after a long day of training.  Team is standing on the Dhow boarding platform located at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.
U.S. COAST GUARD MARITIME ENGAGEMENT TEAM (May 30th, 2015) – MET and USS MCFAUL (DDG-74) VBSS Team after a long day of training. Team is standing on the Dhow boarding platform located at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF-150) visited Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha, an Anzac class frigate. She is currently attached to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), in the Indian Ocean. The successful visit was followed up with a replenishment at sea between HMNZS Te Kaha and the CTF-150 flagship, French Ship (FS) VAR.

Some crew members from FS Var are flown over from the French Ship VAR by TEK’s flight commander LTCDR Alex Trotter in his trusty Seasprite.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Some crew members from FS Var are flown over from the French Ship VAR by TEK’s flight commander LTCDR Alex Trotter in his trusty Seasprite.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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As the sun rose over the Mozambique Channel on May 18, Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Newcastle, steamed towards a rendezvous with French Ship (FS) Var to conduct replenishment at sea (RAS). Both warships are integrated in Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), in the aim to prevent terrorism and related illegal activity throughout the region. This was not the first meeting of these two vessels but it was to be the most complex evolution conducted so far.

Crew member from HMAS Newcastle using a line-throwing gun during a replenishment at sea with FS Var.
Crew member from HMAS Newcastle using a line-throwing gun during a replenishment at sea with FS Var.

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Japan made history yesterday, Sunday 31 May, as it took command of a multi-national task force for the first time since the Second World War. The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force will lead Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) in its mission to continue the deterrence and suppression of piracy off the Horn of Africa.

 Rear Admiral Ito speaking at the CTF151 CoC
Rear Admiral Ito speaking at the CTF151 CoC

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Combined Task Force 150’s (CTF-150) flagship, French Ship (FS) Var, had on-going interactions in the Indian Ocean, with Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Richmond, who has been operating in direct support to CTF-150. This meeting at sea was the occasion for Commander CTF150 Captain (Capt) Crignola to meet HMS Richmond’s Commanding officer, Commander (Cdr). Anderson onboard the British ship.

FS Var crew member coordinating Replenishment at sea with HMS Richmond
FS Var crew member coordinating Replenishment at sea with HMS Richmond

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The Egyptian Navy recently visited Bahrain with a four ship training task group to participate in an exercise with the Royal Bahrain Navy. Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) was pleased to host a visit by an Egyptian delegation during the port visit, at the CMF Headquarters on Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Rear Admiral Ahmed Mafereh (Second from Left) and Rear Admiral Gamal Ibrahim (Fourth from left) accompanied by the Commanding Officers of the visiting ships were hosted by Vice Admiral Miller at his headquarters.
Rear Admiral Ahmed Mafereh (Second from Left) and Rear Admiral Gamal Ibrahim (Fourth from left) accompanied by the Commanding Officers of the visiting ships were hosted by Vice Admiral Miller at his headquarters.

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Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF150) Commodore Asif Hameed Siddique recently visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) to continue the interoperability of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Nations to Maritime security operations throughout the Region. During his visit CCTF-151 met Key Leadership of the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF), Coast Guard and Special Naval Forces.

CCTF151 Cdre Asif Hameed Siddique exchanging official gifts to  RSNF Commander V/Adm Abdullah Al-Sultan.
CCTF151 Cdre Asif Hameed Siddique exchanging official gifts to RSNF Commander V/Adm Abdullah Al-Sultan.

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Combined Task Force (CTF) 150’s flagship, French Ship (FS) Var, had on-going interactions in the North Arabian Sea, with Task Force (TF) 473, the French Carrier battle group. The two Task Force Commanders, both belonging to the French Navy, met onboard the FS Var.

CTF150 FS Var complete RAS with USS Farragut
CTF150 FS Var complete RAS with USS Farragut

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