Category Archives: Counter-Piracy

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi visited Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain, March 15. During the visit he met with Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M), the Pakistan Navy Commander of CTF-151, and Royal Navy Commodore Ed Ahlgren, deputy commander of CMF, to discuss Pakistan’s contribution to the enduring CMF partnership, and the ongoing success in deterring piracy from the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman. In the past year, there have been no successful piracy attempts on merchant vessels in the CTF-151 area of operations; no mean feat given the vast area of water covered. “CMF works so well because of the relationship between strategic partners, regional forces and international organizations to deliver maritime security operations and to build maritime security across the region,” said Ahlgren. “This in turn will benefit the overall commercial and military shipping industry by helping to safeguard…

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CTF-151 Commander Commodore (Cdre) Abdul Munib SI (M) recently held a video teleconference with the Commander of EUNAVFOR’s Task Force-465 (TF-465), Commodore Diogo Arroteia. While Cdre Munib was at CMF HQ in Bahrain, Cdre Arroteia was operating from the Spanish frigate Reina Sofía, as they actively conduct counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Cdre Munib thanked Cdre Arroteia for his continuous support in providing TF-465 ships and maritime patrol aircraft; “We have been supporting each other well out at sea to maintain our force flow and respond to maritime security events. We need to maintain this coordination in the future as well.” “Together, we need to keep our guard up for any suspicious activity out at sea and relay information to all stakeholders; the area of operations is big, and working in collaboration is key to conducting effective patrols independently,” he added. After assuming command of the CTF-151 on…

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CTF-151 is formally handed-over

Rear Adm. Nejat Inanir of the Turkish Navy has formally handed-over command of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 to Commodore Abdul Munib of the Pakistani Navy, in a special ceremony held at the US Navy’s NAVCENT headquarters in Bahrain, Dec. 9. This concludes Turkey’s sixth command of CTF-151. Formed in 2009, CTF-151 this maritime defence force is primarily dedicated to the deterrence, disruption and suppression of piracy and armed robbery at sea, and to engage with regional and other partners to strengthen relevant capabilities in the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and the Indian Ocean. RAdm Inanir praised the international nature of the Task Force, citing this as the main reason for its ongoing success. “We have a truly international blend of staff from 10 countries, each bringing their own culture and experience to our task force,” he said. “The wide range of strengths and different approaches…

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CMF, in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) will host the 47th SHADE Conference virtually on 3rd-4th November with representatives from across the maritime industry and regional and international militaries. The Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference (SHADE), is a forum which brings together nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry who share a common interest in combating piracy and broader maritime security issues. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups, as well as expert guest speakers discussing issues that affect maritime trade as well as ways to improve cooperation between the interested parties. This year, due to the global health pandemic, the SHADE Conference will be a hybrid event, hosted physically from the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain, and also virtually, via a video link. Alongside workshops with members of the maritime trade industry, senior representatives and flag officers from a variety…

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With the monsoon season – which makes sea conditions favourable for smaller shipping vessels – over, a large multinational counter piracy operation has been conducted by the Combined Maritime Forces in the Gulf of Aden. The operation, named Operation Shamal after the strong winds that blow from the north bringing sandstorms to the region, was designed to increase military patrolling in the area around the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa. The area is of immense importance as the main shipping lane from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean passes through it. With the Monsoon diminishing and sea becoming favourable for sailors, there has been a large increase in the number of smaller fishing vessels, skiffs and dhows operating again, mainly closer to the coastlines of coastal states. “Focused Operation Shamal was conducted to demonstrate to potential pirates and sponsors of piracy that there is a significant military…

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The Turkish-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) held a recent engagement with the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ops) of Pakistan Navy, Commodore Faisal Amin via video conference. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir of the Turkish Navy, the Commander of CTF 151, followed the current Covid-19 trend of using Zoom conference calling to discuss matters of mutual cooperation and security in the region. Pakistan will be assuming command of CTF 151 in December for a record ninth time, so this is a key time to prepare. RAdm Inanir thanked the longstanding support and contribution of the Pakistan Navy to the Combined Maritime Forces in general and for Counter Piracy operations in particular. Cdre Faisal commended the strong leadership of Turkish-led CTF 151.  He said: “All support will be provided to CTF 151 for Counter Piracy Operations as and when required.” Both Commanders agreed to provide further assistance and collaboration to…

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The Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy task force CTF 151 visited the US Coast Guard Patrol Force Southwest Asia Facility called “The Ship in a Box”. Ship in a Box is a mockup of a dhow inside an air conditioned warehouse facility, used to train ship boarding teams how to conduct Vessel Board Search and Seize (VBSS) procedures. Although the search and seize function is mainly aimed at finding contraband, a lot of the techniques can be applied to recovering hijacked ships. The Combined Maritime Forces work with regional and international partners to conduct maritime security and counter piracy operations against non-state actors in the region. During the visit, the US Coast Guard’s Patrol Forces Southwest Asia Commander, Captain Willie L. Carmichael demonstrated their capabilities, equipment and training opportunities available to the crews of CMF member nations. CTF 151 Commander, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir said: “This facility is a good opportunity…

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COMBINED Maritime Forces (CMF) has led a series of Passing Exercises with warships from the UK, Pakistan and Japan, while conducting counter piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. A Type 23 frigate, HMS ARGYLL, conducted the exercises with Pakistan ship PNS Saif, and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force’s JS Ohnami. Organized and led by CMF’s Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), an anti-piracy task force commanded by the Turkish Navy, the exercises demonstrate the collaboration and interoperability between members of CMF, a 33 member coalition based in Bahrain. Known as PASSEXs, these ships conducted a number of communication exercises to improve the procedures for rapid exchange of information at sea. Upon completion, simple to advance tactical maneuvering exercises were conducted. Live weapon firing drills were also conducted during the PASSEX with JMSDF ship Ohnami. Following the PASSEX with PNS Saif, HMS Argyll’s Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Ainsley said:…

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