Category Archives: Djibouti

A large multinational counter-piracy operation has been conducted by the Pakistan-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in the Gulf of Aden. Focused Operation (FO) TAHAFFUZ was held from 26 February to 5 March, 2021, and was supported by assets from nine different nations with a shared objective to protect global maritime commerce. “FO TAHAFFUZ was conducted to support Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)’s overall campaign objectives of deterring suspected pirates from re-commencing their operations in the region,” said Chief of Staff to Commander CTF 151, Captain Adnan Laghari of Pakistan Navy. “Although the FO is now concluded, we still encourage all merchantmen plying through the Gulf of Aden to keep following the Best Management Practice BMP5 guidelines, and using the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor for their safety.” In addition to Pakistan Navy, the US Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Hellenic Navy, Spanish Navy, and European Union Naval Force Somalia (Operation ATALANTA)…

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The Commander of Pakistan-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) held a recent engagement via Zoom with the Commander of the Coastguard and Deputy Commander of the Djibouti Marine Nationale. Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) of Pakistan Navy followed the current Covid-19 trend of using Zoom conference calling to discuss future collaboration and encourage counter-piracy capability development. The virtual meeting also validates that despite Covid-19 restrictions, the CTF-151 mission to engage with regional partners remains at the forefront of CMF’s operational activity. “We share a common goal – to ensure free flow of commerce,” said Cdre Munib. “At CTF-151, our measure of success is to ensure zero piracy incidents. We are already there, now we need to maintain it. Our mutual cooperation and coordination can make this happen.” He added his desire to assist Djibouti in its pathway to joining the CMF as a member nation, further enhancing cooperation between participant nations. Colonel Waiss…

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Better late than never:  With a tonne of other CTF 150-related news to post up lately, this one is a little late, but it’s a goodie – from Camp Lemonnier, news (with picture) that Commodore Haydn Edmundson Royal Canadian Navy, met with US Army Major General Kurt Sonntag, Commander Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) while visiting Djibouti on 28 November 2016. Visiting CJTF-HOA just before taking the driving seat of CTF 150, Cdre Edmundson discussed a range of topics with his counterpart before travelling on to Bahrain to take command of CTF 150 with his staff of 38, comprised of Canadian and Australian personnel. The Change of Command ceremony held in the presence of Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan Commander, Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain on 16 December 2016 saw Pakistan turnover the 25-nation collective of contributing navies and 2 million square miles of CTF 150’s area of…

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