Category Archives: EUNAVFOR

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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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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The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) hosted the 47th SHADE Conference as a  virtual event, 3rd – 4th November 2020.   The SHADE, or Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference, saw representatives from a number of nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry join together to discuss combating piracy and broader maritime security issues across the Middle East. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups and expert guest speakers to discuss issues that affect maritime security, as well as ways to improve cooperation between the mutually interested parties. Due to the current global health pandemic, the SHADE Conference was held as a virtual event, hosted from the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain with attendees participating virtually via a video link.  “I want to thank all of our guests and speakers who took part in this year’s successful SHADE…

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PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                     30th Nov 2016    Information sharing is key at the 39th SHADE Conference in Bahrain  The conference centre at the British Club in Manama, Bahrain was packed full of delegates from around the world for the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Conference (SHADE) on Wednesday 30 Nov.  Representatives from NATO, EUNAVFOR, Combined Maritime Forces, US 5th Fleet, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization, Somalia, Oceans Beyond Piracy Organization, The World Food Programme, Merchant shipping industry and the Russian Federation and China discussed their joint efforts in response to the threats to the free flow of commerce in the region.  The spillover of regional conflict in to the maritime environment is a threat that is clear and present in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al Mandeb Strait (BAM) seen in the recent attack on MV Swift. Another incident in that waterway, the attack on MV Galicia Spirit, has…

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CCTF 151, Rear Admiral Ken Cheong meets CTF 465, Rear Admiral Jan Kaack on board FGS Bayern in Salalah, Oman - 2
Rear Admiral Cheong with Rear Admiral Kaack

Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, visited the EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) (Somalia) flagship, FGS Bayern in Salalah in the Gulf of Aden.

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Representatives from around the world came together in Bahrain to discuss the ongoing fight to counter the piracy threat to shipping posed by criminal gangs from Somalia.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) chaired the 37th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) meeting, which is hosted on a rotational basis by the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), NATO and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). It included 80 representatives from 30 nations around the world. Captain Tufan Uslu, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations at Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, chaired the SHADE conference.

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Delegates at the 37th SHADE conference in Bahrain

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While navigating off the Somali coast, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 flagship, French Ship (FS) Var, linked up with two Spanish ships from the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia otherwise known as Operation Atalanta, who were operating in the area.

Spanish Ship Galicia and French ship Var side by side during replenishment at sea in the Indian Ocean.
Spanish Ship Galicia and French ship Var side by side during replenishment at sea in the Indian Ocean.

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