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The Turkish-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) held a recent engagement with the commanders of the Djibouti Marine Nationale and Coastguard. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir of the Turkish Navy, the Commander of CTF 151, discussed future collaboration and support with Colonel Waiss Omar Bogoreh of the Djibouti Coastguard and Captain Ahmed Djama, Commander of the Djibouti Marine Nationale during a Zoom conference call. With the current pandemic ongoing, key leaders have had to overcome the inability to travel to meet with their counterparts in other nations. However, the CTF 151 mission to work with regional partners to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and armed robbery at sea remains at the forefront of CMF’s operational activity despite Covid-19 restrictions. “Piracy has decreased, but it has not been eradicated. There are still pirates on the beach and internal country problems in this region affect maritime security, so the efforts of CTF…

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This week, MCPO Roberto Frisenda, of the Italian Marina Militare has been recognized as the CMF Member in the Spotlight. The CMF Member in the Spotlight is a monthly accolade awarded to members of staff who have demonstrated outstanding service to their colleagues and senior officers throughout the period. MCPO Frisenda, CMF’s N2 Operations Assistant, has been selected due to the exemplary and diligent service he has provided to the running of the CMF HQ watch floor throughout his six months at CMF. His leadership and determination have greatly contributed to the overall ability of CMF to continue operations with full N2 support as he rapidly undertook the work load, learning new jobs in order to fill positions affected by travel restrictions brought about by COVID-19. MCPO Frisenda has constantly studied to improve his English speaking abilities, becoming very fluent. He has been required to step outside of his comfort…

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Last week Commander of Combined Task Force 151, RADM Nejat Inanir, Turkish Naval Forces, received the outgoing commander of Combined Task Force 152, CDR Omar Alodat, Royal Jordanian Naval Force, to say goodbye following his successful six month deployment to Bahrain. Both commanders have commanded task forces of Combined Maritime Force (CMF) which work tirelessly to support the safe use of the high seas for all mariners in the region. RADM Inanir thanked CDR Omar Alodat for his visit, and the RJNF’s continued service to CMF. He said: “We wish you a safe return to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after your accomplished mission of completing many maritime operations in the region.” CDR Alodat expressed his happiness with CTF 151’s ongoing efforts to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and armed robbery at sea, and to engage with regional and other partners to strengthen relevant capabilities in order to protect global maritime…

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Today, after six months at the helm of Combined Task Force 152, Commander Omar Alodat of the Royal Jordanian Naval Force handed over command of the Task Force to Captain Al Qahtani of the Saudi Border Guard.  The Change of Command ceremony was attended by representatives from a number of CMF’s 33 member nations, including the Commanders of the Bahrain Navy and Coast Guard. Spectators also watched the ceremony from afar using video link, including MG Mohammed Alshwehri, Director General of the Saudi Border Guard, Brigadier General Ibrahim, Director of Strategy & Plans of Jordan Armed Forces and Colonel Hisham, Head of Royal Jordanian Naval Forces. The ceremony was also the first CMF occasion attended by the new Commander of CMF, Vice Admiral Paparo, who took command two weeks ago.  “Here in Commander Alodat you won’t find a finer example of leadership, of command at sea,” said VADM Paparo.   “He…

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After leading CMF’s Combined Task Force 152 for six months, the Jordanian-led team prepares to hand over command of the task force to the Saudi Border Guard. The Task Force is a true rainbow coalition, made up of personnel from no less than eight regional and international navies and coastguards. It also included Jordan’s first female to deploy with the Navy overseas. Commander Omar Alodat, who has led CTF 152 for six of the 12 months that the Royal Jordanian Navy has been in command, said: “Lieutenant Commander Samera Also’ub is a true pioneer, not just for the Jordanian navy, but for all women in the military.” CTF 152 operates inside the Arabian Gulf where it coordinates Maritime Security Operations with regional partners, remaining prepared to respond to any crisis involving illicit non-state actors which may develop. During the past six months, CTF 152 has battled Covid-19 restrictions whilst maintaining…

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LTJG Mohammad Sawalma from the Royal Jordanian Navy, Assistant Training and Strategic Communications Officer at Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152), has been recognized by CDR Omar Alodat, Commander of CTF 152 for his great work during his six month deployment to Bahrain. LTJG Mohammad taught 10 courses totaling 70 students, providing information for the use of the CENTRIXS communication system used to allow secure communications between CTF 152 and the regional maritime forces.  This ability contributed greatly to the many accomplishments of the Task Force’s mission, and assisted in promoting regional cooperation and a secure maritime environment which remained safe for all mariners in the Arabian Gulf. LTJG Mohammad stated “I’m so glad to finalize my work with a lot of appreciation for CCTF 152 CDR Omar Alodat from the Royal Jordanian Naval Forces, and CCTF 150 RADM Sulaiman al Fakeeh, of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, for the…

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After almost two years as Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces, CMF members from 33 nations bid farewell to Vice Admiral Jim Malloy today.  In preparation for his departure from Bahrain, a country where he has spent almost 15 years of his life, VADM Malloy met with all of the Senior Naval Representatives and CTF commanders to wish them a personal goodbye.  “Over my four tours here I have made lifelong friends – Bahraini, Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti, French, British, and many, many more from countless other nations,” VADM said in his handover speech today.  During a recent visit to CTF 152, VADM Malloy reflected on the special work that the CMF task forces have done during his tenure as Commander: “When you go home, tell your officers, your friends, your family, what you have done here. Because it’s special, and it matters.” Providing leadership, guidance and support throughout his tenure,…

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Today Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, Commander of CMF and US 5th Fleet, handed over the reins to Vice Admiral Sam Paparo in a semi-virtual ceremony.  The outgoing Commander, VADM Malloy, hosted a number of guests at the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain including distinguished guests from Bahrain and the region. Meanwhile, due to Covid-19 restrictions, VADM Paparo and his family joined the ceremony via a video link. First visiting Bahrain as a young Lieutenant in 1992, VADM Malloy has spent 15 of his 34 year Naval career in the country, and was serving here when the initial foundations of CMF were laid in 2001. And after taking up the position of Commander of CMF in December 2019, VADM Malloy returned to Bahrain, a home away from home, ready to continue with the CMF mission to deliver maritime security and stability in the region. “Over my four tours here I have made…

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Commander Combined Task Force 152 (CCTF152) recently said farewell to six Royal Jordanian Navy staff who were assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) since January 2020. Of special significance was the departure of Lieutenant Commander Samera Also’ub, who was the first female Royal Jordanian Navy officer to be assigned overseas. She’s played a key part in the CTF152 command and their role in conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf. Commander of CTF 152, CDR Omar Alodat, said: “It is a pleasure today to thank the crew who completed their assignment at CMF in Bahrain and I wish them all well with their future careers. “I am especially delighted to have worked with LCDR Also’ub and to have been part of the Royal Jordanian Navy’s strive for equality in the workplace.”  

Six students from the Royal Jordanian Naval Force have completed the CENTRIXS secure communications training course provided by officers from CTF 152 and held at their headquarters in Bahrain. Upon graduation, the Jordanian students were presented with a CENTRIXS Course Completion Certificate. In line with the visions of the Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces, and based on the guidance of the Commander of CTF 152, the CENTRIXS course provides training to military maritime partners to ensure the ability for forces to communicate over secure means.  This allows for better communication and coordination between maritime operations centers throughout the Gulf region.  It also facilitates interoperability between nations, enhancing their ability to conduct maritime security operations in the region. The graduates will work on the Battle Watch floor for a period of three months in order to gain important experience and knowledge of maritime operations in a complex region.  Cdr Omar…

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