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Australian Commodore Greg Sammut, Commander Combined Task Force 150, visited the commanders of both the US and French Carrier Strike Groups currently deployed on operations in the Arabian Sea, 19-20 Dec, 2010. Seizing the opportunity of cross-carrier operations to visit both USS Abraham Lincoln and FS Charles de Gaulle, Cdre Sammut thanked U.S strike group commander Rear Admiral Mark Guadagnini, and French Rear Admiral Jean-Louis Kerignard, for their contributions in support of the CTF 150 mission amid their own commitments to coalition operations in theatre.  “The Abraham Lincoln and Charles de Gaulle strike groups have assisted the mission of CTF 150 through their presence in this strategically important region. More importantly, they have directly contributed ships, aircraft, and operational services, significantly enhancing the surveillance and response capabilities of CTF 150 and improving our effectiveness”, said Cdre Sammut.  He added “I continue to value our close cooperation and greatly appreciate the willing…

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British Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship RFA Diligence (A132) recently took a break from her usual role as forward repair ship in order to undertake front line maritime security duties in one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping environments. During periods of availability in her normal schedule supporting Royal Navy units in the region, the 10,765-tonne vessel has been assigned to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is the counter-terrorism and maritime security mission of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a global maritime partnership tasked with promoting security and stability in Middle Eastern waters. CTF 150 tasked Diligence with monitoring various vessels of interest and with undertaking ‘pattern of life’ operations. These involve building a complete picture of the maritime environment, such as daily shipping movements and fishing activities, in order to identify behavior that could indicate piracy, smuggling, terrorism or other illegal activities. Diligence also worked…

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Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne joined Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), the counter-piracy mission operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), Nov 16. HMAS Melbourne arrived in the Middle East region in September and has thus far been assigned to CTF-150, another CMF task force primarily concerned with counter-terrorism and region-wide maritime security. Melbourne will now spend the next few weeks with CTF-151, concentrating her efforts on deterring and disrupting piracy and armed robbery in the Somali Basin, Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden. In doing so, she will join her Turkish Navy sister ship TCG Gaziantep. The designs of both Gaziantep and Melbourne are based on the U.S. Oliver Hazard Perry class of warship. Turkish Navy Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul currently commands CTF-151 and is responsible for coordinating CMF counter-piracy operations with those of NATO and the EU Naval Force. “I am delighted that HMAS Melbourne has joined…

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You can download the October edition of CMF’s ‘Battle Rhythm’ newsletter below. October 2010 Edition of ‘Battle Rhythm’ – CMF’s Newsletter

 The Royal Australian Navy today assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150).Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy was relieved by Commodore Gregory Sammut of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). CTF-150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain. CTF-150 exists to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities across an area of two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. The CTF 150’s principal mission is to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organizations (ITOs) to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials. This is done by conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). CTF-150 vessels also assist mariners in distress and undertake humanitarian work…

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MANAMA, Bahrain – Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) participated in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman from 14 – 17 Sept. 2010. This operation concentrated forces in key areas where illegal activities are most likely to occur on a frequent basis. MSO are conducted under international maritime conventions to deter and disrupt terrorism and other illicit activities in the maritime environment, thereby helping to ensure security, safety and freedom of movement for commercial shipping in international waters. Coalition warships and aircraft from Australia, Pakistan, and the U.S. participated in the operation, together with support from the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), which provided surface and air assets.  Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi, SI(M), Commander CTF-150, emphasised building trust and cooperation with lawful maritime operators. Particular attention was also paid to strengthening cooperation with regional partners and to gaining an understanding of the local…

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