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Earlier this month, the commander of CTF 152, CAPT Ali Alqahtani, conducted visits to both the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) and to the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG). During his visit to the Royal Bahrain Naval Force, CAPT Alqahtani met with RADM Mohammed Yousif Al Asam, the RBNF Commander. It was a great opportunity for the two leaders to get to know each other better, and for CAPT Alqahtani to express his appreciation for RBNF’s enduring support to CTF 152 through continued participation in operations and exercises, as well as the providing of battle watch staff members. On a separate visit, CAPT Alqahtani met with the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) commander, Rear Admiral Ala’a Alsayadi. The two commanders discussed how they could continue to work together to maintain maritime security in the region, giving CAPT Alqahtani an opportunity to invite BCG personnel to attend the CTF 152 for the CENTRIXS secure…

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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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A French ship working in support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task force has seized over one tonne of hashish worth $8 million, 8 November 20. Sailors on board French Ship Floréal, the lead Floréal-class frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea’s infamous ‘Hash Highway’. The ship was operating in support of CMF’s Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) at the time of the seizure, which comes just weeks after a Royal Navy ship working as part of a CTF 150 operation intercepted over 450kg of methamphetamine.   “This seizure marks yet another successful drugs bust by CTF 150,” said the task force’s Commander, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “With two successful drugs seizures in a matter of weeks, we are proving that we are a formidable force against drug smugglers, keeping millions of dollars of…

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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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Two ships, one operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), were called to assist a merchant sailor on board the merchant ship Lourdes in the early hours of 9 November 20. French Ship Jean Bart and Japanese Ship Ariake were called to conduct the emergency operation, which saw medical personnel from both vessels assist an Indian patient who had a suspected head injury. At 0100Z (0400 local time), a Japanese medic provided immediate assistance on board MV Lourdes, before coordinating with the French warship to arrange a medical evacuation by Panther helicopter. The two teams worked together in order to stabilize the patient, who was later evacuated to receive treatment at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Oman. The Japanese ship was conducting counter-piracy operations in the region at the time of the call, as part of CMF’s Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151). “This is the second…

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The Republic of Korea Navy has marked a milestone by providing one million miles of convey support for counter piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. The Republic of Korea Navy destroyer which is marking the achievement, the Dae Jo Yeong, has accompanied over 500 merchant vessels since June this year, under various taskings including that of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 151. The ship has also supported several counter piracy operations for EU NAVFOR. “The Dae Jo Yeong’s deployment is a remarkable achievement and I am very grateful to Captain Lim Byung Hwan and his crew for all their endeavors in ensuring that there were no piracy attacks on merchant shipping during his ship’s deployment.” said Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, Commander of CTF 151. The Republic of Korea first deployed warships to the region in 2009 and the Dae Jo Yeong’s activities have helped the…

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In a recent Zoom call, the commander of the Combined Task Force 151, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, spoke with the Head of the Djibouti Coastguard, Colonel Waiss Omar Bogoreh to discuss their continued partnership in conducting counter-piracy operations. Rear Admiral Inanir thanked Colonel Bogoreh for his support in a recent counter piracy operation, Focused Operation Shamal. “It’s been a job really well done. Your assistance is very much appreciated,” said Rear Admiral Inanir. He also passed on a personal message of gratitude from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) commander, Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo. While Djibouti is not a member of CMF, CTF 151 regularly works closely with the nation’s Navy and Coastguard to support maritime security operations in the region, sharing information and informing merchant vessels transiting through their waters when military assets are working to protect the region’s shipping lanes nearby. Colonel Bogoreh said: “We are always willing collaborate…

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After six months conducting counter piracy operations with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf of Aden, the Japanese ship Ohnami prepares to return to her home port. The Takanami class destroyer has been working in support of the CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a counter piracy task force which is currently led by the Turkish Navy. During their six month deployment JS Ohnami has accompanied hundreds of merchant ships in convoys to safeguard them from pirate attacks as they transit through the Gulf of Aden. The ship has also participated in a number of focused operations to deter piracy activity as the weather becomes more favourable for the pirates to operate small quick skiffs. “The JS Ohnami’s dedication and professionalism has been essential for successful counter piracy operations. Thank you very much for supporting CTF 151 in so many diverse ways,” said Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, commander…

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The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) hosted the 47th SHADE Conference as a  virtual event, 3rd – 4th November 2020.   The SHADE, or Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference, saw representatives from a number of nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry join together to discuss combating piracy and broader maritime security issues across the Middle East. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups and expert guest speakers to discuss issues that affect maritime security, as well as ways to improve cooperation between the mutually interested parties. Due to the current global health pandemic, the SHADE Conference was held as a virtual event, hosted from the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain with attendees participating virtually via a video link.  “I want to thank all of our guests and speakers who took part in this year’s successful SHADE…

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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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