Category Archives: CTF 152

USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) located and provided assistance to two Iranian mariners who were spotted floating in a life raft in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 18. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) contacted Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at approximately 3:30 a.m. (Bahrain) after it had been notified by a merchant vessel that they had seen a flare launched from a life raft. CMF notified Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 which then dispatched Oscar Austin to locate the vessel. Oscar Austin located the life raft around 5 a.m., approximately 1,000 yards outside of Iranian territorial waters. After providing the two distressed mariners food and water, a rigid hulled inflatable boat from Oscar Austin towed the life raft closer to the ship in the event the men required any urgent aid or further assistance. CMF contacted the Omani Navy and asked them to assist in communicating the location of the…

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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

British Royal Navy Type 22 frigate HMS Cumberland was at Mina Salman, Bahrain, on November 1-2, for the start of her deployment to the Gulf. The 5,300-tonne frigate will undertake maritime security duties with Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152), an international maritime task force which works to prevent destabilising activities and promote maritime security throughout Arabian Gulf. Currently commanded by Kuwait, it has also included participation from Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, France, Australia and the United States. It is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a global maritime partnership based at the US NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain. CMF’s main focus areas are countering terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment. HMS Cumberland’s commanding officer, Captain Steve Dainton said: “My crew have trained hard over the past couple of months and are at an extremely high standard. The ship is…

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