Category Archives: Japan

The Japanese warship Ariake will be heading home after completing five months of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. Led by Commander Naritaka Ezawa, JS Ariake, a Murasame Class Destroyer, has conducted safeguarding duties for hundreds of merchant ships on their transit through the region. Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 Commander, Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) has offered special thanks to the Ariake for her support to the Task Force’s important mission. During her time in support of CTF-150, JS Ariake participated in additional focused operations to deter piracy activities. The Ariake crew has also engaged in several Passage Exercises, demonstrating their ability to operate alongside warships from other nations.  The ability to operate together, despite a potential language barrier, is key to the success of CTF-151 in combating piracy. The more warships use a common set of standard operating procedures, the greater the flexibility provided at the command…

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The Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 welcomed the Commanding Officer of JS Ariake, the Japanese Destroyer which has been assigned to work with the task force. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, Commander of CTF 151, welcomed the Japanese ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Ezawa Naritaka, at a meeting at the Bahrain-based headquarters. Japan has an enduring commitment to counter piracy operations, having deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden for many years. These deployments ensure safe transits for commercial merchant vessels passing through the region and the area known as the Maritime Security Transit Corridor. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force also deploys Maritime Patrol Aircraft in the region to oversee all shipping vessels, providing an early warning system to the nearest warship if any piracy activity is observed. Rear Admiral Inanir said: “I believe that the continuous presence of our forces and wills in critical areas are fundamental…

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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