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A Royal Navy ship working in direct support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) operation led by CTF 150 has seized over 450 kilograms of methamphetamine, the largest seizure of its kind in CMF history. Sailors and Royal Marines on board HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea.   The operation, which was part of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150’s Operation Sea Shield, was an international effort involving a number of CMF’s 33 member nations and partners. “This has been the most successful counter-methamphetamine operation in CMF history,” said Commander of CTF 150, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “I commend the hard work and team effort of all of our CMF partners, especially CTF 150 and HMS Montrose, who have worked together to make this historic seizure happen.”…

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ARABIAN SEA – While operating under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provided assistance to a motor vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. The Iranian-flagged dhow signaled to Churchill via flashing light that it was in distress. When hailed over bridge-to-bridge radio, the vessel’s crew explained that their engine would not start due to a dead battery and they had run out of food and water. The Churchill’s boarding team transited to the dhow via a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and conducted an initial seaworthiness inspection. They provided the mariners with food and water. After verifying, Churchill did not have the type of battery required by the vessel, they requested assistance from Oman Coast Guard. Churchill remained on scene until Omani authorities arrived to render further assistance. The Churchill’s crew strictly adhered to coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigations of social distancing and…

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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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