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MANAMA, Bahrain – Rear Admiral Beom Rim Lee, Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, met today with Commodore Michiel B. Hijmans, head of Combined Task Force (CTF) 508, today to advance mutual strategy, communications and operations between the two tasks forces conducting anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. CTF 151, embarked on ROKS Kang Gam Chan, is the counter-piracy task force of Combined Maritime Forces, and CTF 508 is the NATO component embarked on HNLMS de Zeven Provincien. Pirates have adjusted to both the current monsoon conditions in the Somali Basin and the increased naval forces presence in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden forcing them to find targets of opportunity elsewhere, the two CTF commanders agreed. The successful hijacking of M/V Motivator and other thwarted attempts in the southern Red Sea lead to a discussion for the need of increased…

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MANAMA, Bahrain – Rear Admiral Beom Rim Lee, Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, met with the Djiboutian Minister of Defence and the head of the country’s naval forces during a port visit to Djibouti this week. Rear Admiral Lee is embarked on ROKS Kang Gam Chan, CTF-151 flagship. During the meeting with Defence Minister Ougoureh Kifleh Ahmed, the two noted the strategic, geographical, commercial and communications position of Djibouti, and both agreed to continued and increased support of each other’s mission to secure the safe passage of merchant and private vessels through the Gulf of Aden. “Recently, pirates have become active in the southern Red Sea, placing further logistical strain on the international forces focused on deterring and disrupting piracy in the area,” Lee said. “Djibouti’s commitment to provide assistance however and wherever it can, is greatly appreciated by Combined Task Force 151, as I’m sure it is the…

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