Category Archives: Maritime Security

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi visited Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain, March 15. During the visit he met with Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M), the Pakistan Navy Commander of CTF-151, and Royal Navy Commodore Ed Ahlgren, deputy commander of CMF, to discuss Pakistan’s contribution to the enduring CMF partnership, and the ongoing success in deterring piracy from the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman. In the past year, there have been no successful piracy attempts on merchant vessels in the CTF-151 area of operations; no mean feat given the vast area of water covered. “CMF works so well because of the relationship between strategic partners, regional forces and international organizations to deliver maritime security operations and to build maritime security across the region,” said Ahlgren. “This in turn will benefit the overall commercial and military shipping industry by helping to safeguard…

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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 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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The Commander of the Pakistan-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), Commodore Abdul Munib SI (M) held a recent engagement with the Commander of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF), Rear Admiral Mohamed Yousif Al-Asam at their headquarters. The RBNF has a long history of supporting counter-piracy and maritime security operations in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Area of Operations. While thanking the Admiral for the two Bahraini staff officers supporting CTF-151, Cdre Munib said; “I am extremely delighted at the wonderful job your officers are doing in the CTF-151 team. This helps, not only with mutual learning, but also for capacity-building amongst member nations.” “The measure of performance at CTF-151 is to have zero incidents of piracy in the region. We are continuously working to maintain this status in the region,” added Cdre Munib. “The cooperation and support extended by RBNF has helped the CMF forces in a big way…

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The Combined Maritime Force’s counter-piracy task force, Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) is set to change command from the Turkish Navy to the Pakistan Navy in December. Ahead of the handover, the current commander of the task force, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir from the Turkish Navy, and the incoming commander, Commodore Abdul Munib from the Pakistan Navy, discussed the intricacies of the command, including how to address some of the restrictions caused by Covid-19 and the importance of engaging with regional key leaders. “I am really enjoying my command here at CTF 151.It is amazing to conduct counter-piracy operations in this region with my staff from nine different nations,” said Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir. “My team is working hard to prepare a smooth handover for you,” he added. Radm Inanir emphasized the importance of having an international composition in CTF 151, with the skillset provided by a variety of…

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CMF, in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) will host the 47th SHADE Conference virtually on 3rd-4th November with representatives from across the maritime industry and regional and international militaries. The Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference (SHADE), is a forum which brings together nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry who share a common interest in combating piracy and broader maritime security issues. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups, as well as expert guest speakers discussing issues that affect maritime trade as well as ways to improve cooperation between the interested parties. This year, due to the global health pandemic, the SHADE Conference will be a hybrid event, hosted physically from the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain, and also virtually, via a video link. Alongside workshops with members of the maritime trade industry, senior representatives and flag officers from a variety…

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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 https://spark.adobe.com/page/sVaEGmKkSuDH3/.

20161208-coc-ctf-150_pkn-can_pr-u Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir hands over command of CTF 150 to Commodore Haydn C Edmundson while Vice Adm Kevin M Donegan presides

 

 


 

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Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI (M), Pakistan Navy, assumed command of CTF 151 from Rear Admiral Nam Dong Woo, ROK Navy, on 26th October 2016 at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain.  His Excellency the Ambassador of Pakistan and His Excellency the Ambassador of The Republic of Korea were in attendance.

Pakistan has previously commanded CTF 151 seven times and also currently commands the CMF counter-terrorism CTF 150. During the next four months Commodore Shuaib will lead a multi-national team to deter pirates, reassure those who ply the seas legitimately and facilitate the free flow of commerce across his area of operations.

Not only does CTF 151 synchronise its efforts with those of similar task forces from the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, it also works closely with a number of independent nations patrolling the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. Additionally, CTF 151 units also assist mariners in distress and conduct other humanitarian work as required.

On handing over command, Rear Admiral Nam said: “I am proud to have served here, and of all we have achieved together. I am convinced that Commodore Shuaib will continue to enjoy success as he takes command of CTF 151.”

On assuming command, Commodore Shuaib said it was a privilege to lead the Pakistan CTF 151 command rotation. He praised the successes of Rear Admiral Woo’s team, both at sea and in their active engagement with regional nations and remarked that, “Pakistan is equally committed and prepared to shoulder the challenging responsibility of keeping the regional maritime environment safe. I will continue to develop ways to share information and coordinate counter piracy efforts to ensure that lawful trade is not hindered by piracy.”

Commodore Shuaib concluded, “In the Pakistan Navy we value the trust and confidence placed in us by our like-minded friends in CMF. We will continue the good work of ROK Navy and look forward to leading such an important mission.”

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