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VICTORIA, Seychelles – Turkish warship TCG Gokceada, flagship to the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) conducting counter-piracy operations in the Somali Basin, recently arrived in Victoria, Seychelles for a brief port visit. While in port, Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul, Commander, CTF-151, took the opportunity to strengthen links with the archipelago nation. At a meeting between Ertugrul and Chief of Defence Staff of the Seychelles, Brigadier Leopold Payet, both men agreed to strengthen ties and mutual cooperation in dealing with piracy. The Somali Basin is a hotspot for piracy, which affects global trade, as well as regional maritime industries. Ertugrul reaffirmed his commitment to the Seychelles during the hour-long meeting stating, “It is my intention to robustly disrupt and deter piracy within the Somali Basin. Such acts not only affect large merchant shipping industries, but also important local and regional maritime activities, such as fishing. I am committed to working ever-closer…

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SOMALI BASIN – Just before midday on Sept. 26, Turkish frigate TCG Gokceada, flagship to the multi-national Combined Task Force 151, successfully disrupted a group suspected of planning an act of piracy. The ship’s helicopter was scanning the southern Somali coast for pirate activity when a suspicious vessel was seen not far from the shore and near a suspected pirate camp, some 100 miles south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Initial reports from the helicopter crew stated seeing the kind of equipment commonly used by pirates on the vessel. TCG Gokceada’s boarding team was quickly dispatched and boarded the suspicious vessel. The seven-man boarding team found 21 drums of fuel, enough to sustain a small vessel at sea for many days, and a long ladder with hooks (the kind typically used by pirates to board large cargo vessels). Approval was given for the boarding team to transfer the three personnel…

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MANAMA, BAHRAIN – Eight officers from the Royal Thai Navy have arrived at Combined Maritime Forces headquarters, Bahrain, in preparation for the historic deployment of two Thai vessels to the Gulf of Aden. The offshore patrol vessel, HTMS Pattani, and the support ship, HTMS Similan, will conduct counter-piracy operations with Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), currently commanded by Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul of the Turkish Navy. The 98-day deployment involves a total of 351 Thai personnel, led by Rear Admiral Chaiyot Sundaranaga. Vice Adm. Mark Fox, Commander CMF, said, “We are delighted that Thailand has joined CMF. Our strength derives from the fact that, as a coalition of the willing, we can achieve more by working together than any single nation or navy could do alone.” CTF-151’s mission is to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, protecting maritime vessels of any nationality and securing freedom of navigation in the Gulf of…

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Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and Sailors assigned to “Swamp Foxes” of HSL 44 (Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light) took time to volunteer at Foyer De Nazerath Boys Orphanage during a recent port visit to Victoria, Seychelles. In total, 12 Sailors participated in the community relations project (COMREL) playing basketball and soccer with 12 orphan boys, ranging from ages 6 to 15. “I love giving back to the community, especially overseas” said Aviation Warfare Rescuer 2nd Class (AW) Ryan Quinn. “The highlight of the day was definitely seeing how playing a simple game of basketball lit up the boys’ faces.” Quinn, along with some other HSL 44 Sailors, gave the boys U.S. military patches as souvenirs. Winston S. Churchill baseball caps were also handed out to the boys, in addition to more than 100 books. Yeoman 2nd Class Casey Patterson, currently an Individual Augmentee assigned…

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MANAMA, Bahrain – The Australian frigate HMAS Melbourne arrived this week to participate in counter-piracy and maritime security operations with the 25-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The Adelaide class guided missile frigate left her home port of Sydney, Australia, in mid-August and will relieve Anzac class frigate HMAS Parramatta, which has been in the region since March. CMF units are committed to working together in order to promote security and prosperity across some 2.5 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Its main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment. HMAS Melbourne has a ship’s company of 238 men and women. Additionally, 13 Australian service personnel are assigned to CMF Headquarters, Manama, Bahrain, fulfilling a diverse range of staff roles ranging from watchkeepers to legal advisors. Captain John…

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Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul of the turkish Navy assumes command of CTF-151.

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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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