Category Archives: Combined Maritime Forces

The Senior Enlisted members of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) had the pleasure of hosting the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (SEAC) from the United Kingdom, WO1 Glenn Haughton. The event, which was attended by Senior Enlisted Leaders from many different nations and service organizations including Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Border Guard personnel, was an opportunity for multinational partners to hear a great message from a leader with over 30 years of service who has operated at the highest levels of the Senior Enlisted Continuum. Previously the first appointed British Army Sergeant Major – the Army’s highest enlisted position – he was appointed by the Chiefs of Staff Committee as the first SEAC, becoming the highest ranking enlisted member in the UK’s Armed Forces. WO1 Haughton described his definition of leadership as “caring for your people”, and used this as the basis…

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 1100lbs. (521kg) of suspected narcotics from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. Twenty-three bags of narcotics were discovered and tested, resulting in a seizure of approximately 150lbs. (45kg) of suspected hash, 400lbs. (181kg) of methamphetamines and more than 600lbs. (272kg) of heroin. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fifth CMF drugs seizure since October. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. The CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international waters, promoting security, stability and prosperity…

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Commander of CTF 151 (CCTF 151), Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir held a Zoom call with Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Kamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) to discuss future combined efforts around the Gulf of Aden. Discussions were held between the two commanders to ensure that future counter-piracy operations are as successful as the recent Focused Operation Shamal, which saw forces from Oman, Djiouti, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea and Japan participate in a large coordinated maritime operation to deter piracy and reassure merchant shipping. Rear Admiral Inanir said: “I pass on my thanks and appreciation on behalf of CMF for all the support given by the Royal Navy of Oman. By working together, we have managed to suppress piracy and keep the waters safe for all legitimate mariners. Knowing that Oman will assist with future operations is a very welcome statement of intent…

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 2,000lbs (900kgs) of suspected narcotics from a vessel in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, Dec. 4. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fourth CMF drugs seizure since October. The narcotics are currently in U.S. custody awaiting analysis. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. Ralph Johnson initially identified a dhow loitering without power in international waters. The ship approached to determine if the dhow required assistance, and a subsequent search discovered the narcotics. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international…

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Mirage 2000

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) participated in an air defence exercise (ADEX) in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf of Aden, Nov. 23, 2020. “Working with partner nations is essential,” said Cdr. Brian Anthony, Executive Officer of Winston S. Churchill. “Coordinated exercises, such as this ADEX with our French partners, are opportunities that strengthen our Sailors’ and partners’ ability to operate together.” Air defence operations aid in the refinement of tactics, techniques and procedures for interoperability in support of future operations. The U.S. Navy routinely conducts and participates in training with partner nations to develop and enhance defensive capabilities. This exercise involved coordination between the Winston S. Churchill and a squadron of French Mirage 2000 fighter jets while defending against simulated, air-based threats. “It’s always a great opportunity when Winston S. Churchill’s air defence team can train with other units in the…

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Senior Enlisted Leadership Forum group photo

This week the Senior Enlisted members of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) met together for CMF’s latest Senior Enlisted Leadership Forum. The event, which was attended by 25 members representing a number of CMF’s 33 member countries’ naval, coast guard, and border guard forces, was an opportunity for individuals to meet with their counterparts from other partner nations. The forum discussed the multinational and multicultural make-up of CMF, as well as future enlisted leadership opportunities including the building of an enlisted professional development program. The forum was organised by Command Master Chief Lucas Pullen of the US Coast Guard, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for CMF. “Today’s meeting was an opportunity for all of CMF’s Senior Enlisted personnel to come together, and to talk as friends and as colleagues about the important work that they do to contribute to the shared CMF missions,” said CMC Pullen. Enlisted personnel are non-commissioned…

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A French ship working in support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task force has seized over one tonne of hashish worth $8 million, 8 November 20. Sailors on board French Ship Floréal, the lead Floréal-class frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea’s infamous ‘Hash Highway’. The ship was operating in support of CMF’s Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) at the time of the seizure, which comes just weeks after a Royal Navy ship working as part of a CTF 150 operation intercepted over 450kg of methamphetamine.   “This seizure marks yet another successful drugs bust by CTF 150,” said the task force’s Commander, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “With two successful drugs seizures in a matter of weeks, we are proving that we are a formidable force against drug smugglers, keeping millions of dollars of…

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CTF 150 hands over from Frnce to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Captain Riviere of the French Marine Nationale handed over Command of CTF 150 to Rear Admiral Alfaqeeh of the Saudi Royal Naval Force in a virtual ceremony.  The CTF 150 (Combined Task Force 150) mission is to disrupt criminal and terrorist organisations and their mandated related illicit activities by restricting their freedom of manoeuvre in the maritime domain. The task force’s activities deny criminal and terrorist organisations a method of conducting operations or moving personnel, weapons or income-generating narcotics and charcoal. Speaking via video link at the conference, Captain Riviere said, “I was very fortunate to be able to draw the CTF 150 team from not only France, but also the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, building a combined, diverse and effective staff made up of professionals from three very capable nations.”  “To my team, I thank you for your committed support, your hard work, and determination in…

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With its members ranging from New Zealand to the USA and time zones differing by 18 hours – it’s time for the Combined Maritime Forces to wish its 31 member nations, allies, supporting friends, families and serving personnel, past and present, a very Happy New Year 2017.

Representatives from the Royal Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy #ReadyTogether #CMF On International World Day of the Girl, these naval officers are grateful that they could follow their dreams of joining the navy and seeing the world. An organisation which acknowledges strength in diversity is a successful one.  

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