Twenty six senior maritime Commanders from 15 nations have gathered at the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain for the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course which focuses on maritime security issues and regional challenges.
The Indian Ocean, and Gulfs of Aden and Oman have long been an ample hunting ground for the pirates who wish to ply their illegitimate trade against innocent mariners.
And that scourge has not gone away. Although in the last month we have only seen 1 pirate attack and 4 disruptions the international diplomatic, military and shipping communities remain focused on the issue, and for good reason. Piracy remains a persistent and credible threat.
BY LT MICHAEL ROMEO USN
Whenever I arrive for a duty watch I do not know what to expect, the unpredictability of illegal activity and the dynamic and complex nature of our operations offer a challenging environment for any naval officer. I could be helping direct the interdiction of drug runners, hunt down pirate action groups or simply monitor general maritime security operations. I am a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Battle Watch Captain.
Following the recent success of Exercise Falcon Warrior 12-05, a maritime security training exercise for Combined Task Force 152, fifteen students from eight regional nations recently attended the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) inaugural boarding workshop in Bahrain 15-17 October 12.
With the sun beating down upon glass-like seas, the flags of two of the United States’ finest Ships could be found fluttering in a calm breeze in the Arabian Gulf during the recent Operation Falcon Strike.
USS Stethem and USS Typhoon, part of the Combined Maritime Forces, recently conducted an intense day of operations to bolster the safety and security of ships and sailors operating in the Arabian Gulf. The operations focused on determining recent trends in crime and piracy in the region. Crews from the Stethem and Typhoon communicated with large-scale commercial ships transiting the area and conducted alongside visits with the Arabian Gulf’s local commercial fishing fleet, known as ‘dhows’.
Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152) has now completed its nine month command period with the Kuwait Navy and has relocated from Kuwait Naval Base to a more central Gulf location at NSA Bahrain. With this has come a realignment of staff profile to encompass a more multi-national element.
HMAS ANZAC, one of Australia’s 3,600 tonne Anzac Class frigates, has commenced maritime operations in support of Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and the ship’s company are off to a busy start.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/Fifth Fleet (C5F)/Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) held a change of command ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), May 24.
Exercise Stakenet, one of a series of routinely planned Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) exercises recently completed, Feb, 9. The exercise began on Feb.5 in the northern Arabian Gulf and featured active participation by Kuwaiti Naval Ships (KNS) Al Nokhetha and Maskan, the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones and USS Sterett, patrol craft USS Typhoon and USS Chinook, the British Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll, a Kuwaiti Coast Guard patrol boat, two Kuwaiti Marine fast boats, U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters, U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and U,S. Air Force F-16 aircraft.
During their visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), volunteers from HMS Argyll, a Type 23 ‘Duke’ class frigate deployed with Combined Maritime Forces in the Arabian Gulf, helped clear an overgrown graveyard containing the graves of fallen British military personnel.