Category Archives: CTF 151

As the Turkish-led command of CTF 151 reaches its halfway point, we take a look back at the successes and achievements of the anti-piracy task force. With several weeks of planning coming to fruition, we’ve seen the Turkish-led task force’s first Focused Operation to deter piracy, FO Shamal, took place in the Gulf of Aden alongside naval partners including Pakistan, the Republic of Korea and Spain. Operations aside, engaging with regional and international partners remains crucial to CTF 151’s mission to deter piracy in the region. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, Commander of CTF 151, has held many meetings with the heads of Navies and Coastguards in Djibouti and Oman and liaised with organisations such as the UKMTO, based in Dubai. At this time of year, the sea state in the Gulf of Aden normally subsides to conditions more favourable for small craft, such as the skiffs used by pirates, enabling…

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Commander of CTF 151 (CCTF 151) held a video conference call with the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) to discuss future combined efforts in the Arabian Sea and around the Gulf of Aden. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir (CCTF 151) talked with Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Kamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi about information sharing between CTF 151 and Oman; CCTF 151 requested continued assistance in identifying regional merchant shipping from the Royal Oman Navy, while offering CTF 151’s assistance in providing Oman with Pattern of Life information from outside Oman’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The two commanders also discussed the possibility of warships from the Royal Navy of Oman providing a further temporary presence in their national waters to bolster the counter-piracy task force of CTF 151, deterring pirate activity in the region. “I am glad to assist and cooperate with future efforts,” said RADM Al Raisi. “We are…

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Commander of CTF 151, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir held a video conference call with Lt Cdr Chris Long, Officer in Charge of the Dubai based UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office. The UKMTO provides an information conduit between the military and wider international maritime trade. UKMTO delivers timely maritime security information, often acting as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels involved in maritime incidents or travelling within an area of high risk. The link between CTF 151, as the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter piracy task force operating in the region is clear. CTF 151 informs the UKMTO about where warships operating under their command will be patrolling, and the UKMTO passes this information to merchant vessels. Equally, the UKMTO will receive information or alerts from merchant ships in the area and will pass them to the Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) belonging to organizations such as CTF 151 to…

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Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo of the US Navy toured the CTF 151 HQ in Bahrain, hosted by Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, the Turkish commander of CTF 151. Noting the multi-national composition of CTF 151, with ten countries represented in the staff, VAdm Paparo said: “Maintaining the free flow of commerce is a true international effort and I am grateful to all of your nations for providing people, ships, skills and aircraft to suppressing piracy.” “The ongoing commitment to supporting CMF and its mandate of protecting freedom of navigation is essential in stabilizing the maritime trade economy in a world troubled by Covid-19,” he added. Rear Admiral Inanir said: “I am delighted to show Vice Admiral Paparo our determination to delivering counter piracy operations in the region. The real strength of CTF151 is its diversity, bringing varied expertise, assets and experience to further improve…

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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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The Turkish-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) held a recent engagement with the commanders of the Djibouti Marine Nationale and Coastguard. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir of the Turkish Navy, the Commander of CTF 151, discussed future collaboration and support with Colonel Waiss Omar Bogoreh of the Djibouti Coastguard and Captain Ahmed Djama, Commander of the Djibouti Marine Nationale during a Zoom conference call. With the current pandemic ongoing, key leaders have had to overcome the inability to travel to meet with their counterparts in other nations. However, the CTF 151 mission to work with regional partners to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and armed robbery at sea remains at the forefront of CMF’s operational activity despite Covid-19 restrictions. “Piracy has decreased, but it has not been eradicated. There are still pirates on the beach and internal country problems in this region affect maritime security, so the efforts of CTF…

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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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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.

Commander CTF 151 Commodore Muhammed Shuaib SI(M) Pakistan Navy made an official visit to the Seychelles between 30 November and 2 December 2016 to conduct high level engagement with several senior defence and government officials. Find out more and view our latest photo story either on the Combined Maritime Forces Facebook page or direct at https://spark.adobe.com/page/sVaEGmKkSuDH3/.

Commander Combined Task Force 151 Commodore M Shuaib SI(M) (Pakistan Navy) visited the United Arab Emirates from 6-9 Dec 16 where he met with key officials responsible for the nation’s maritime and coastal security. During his visit he called upon a number of senior UAE naval officers, and the Chairman of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) Major General Faris Khalfan Al Mazrouei (UAE Air Force). The meetings were aimed to maintain and improve the current level of cooperation between the Combined Maritime Forces and UAE. While visiting the country the Commodore also attended the MEIVOM conference where he met maritime industry and security agency representatives. The conference brought together military, shipping industry executives, and government representatives to discuss topics relating to maintaining a safe and stable environment for mariners across region’s waters.

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Commodore M Shuaib SI (M), Commander Combined Task Force 151 meeting with the Chairman of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) Major General (Staff) Faris Khalfan Al Mazrouei (UAE Air Force).

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