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The crew of FS Nivose analyse part of their seizure (Photo courtesy of the Marine Nationale)

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) has made four more seizures of heroin as part of its ongoing, successful campaign to combat illicit activities in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

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The Royal Navy and Marine Nationale working together

THE British and French navies have recently displayed their close working relationship by sharing command of each other’s assets on two different oceans.

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The French FREMM destroyer FS Provence discovered and seized a large weapons cache following the boarding of a dhow in the Northern Indian Ocean. At the time FS Provence was operating as part of the Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), which conducts maritime security and counter terrorism operations.

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Guns seized by FS PROVENCE

 

 

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On July 30, France transferred command of Combined Task Force (CTF 150) to Pakistan, after a four month deployment at sea onboard French Ship Var, the CTF 150 flag ship. This completed France’s 9th command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force.

Captain Crignola FN hands over the command of CTF150 to Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas PN as Vice Admiral Miller USN looks on.
Captain Crignola FN hands over the command of CTF150 to Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas PN as Vice Admiral Miller USN looks on.

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The French Navy has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions after conducting a handover ceremony with Canadian Navy personnel.

Vice Admiral John Miller Commander Maritime Forces looks on as Commodore Brian Santarpia Royal Canadian Navy hands over command to René-Jean Crignola
Vice Admiral John Miller Commander Maritime Forces looks on as Commodore Brian Santarpia Royal Canadian Navy hands over command to René-Jean Crignola

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French Ship Guépratte and her Panther helicopter
French Ship Guépratte and her Panther helicopter

On 5 February, while conducting maritime security and counter-terrorism operations under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force CTF-150 in the Gulf of Aden, the French frigate Guépratte quickly responded to an incident, transporting a critically injured seafarer to Djibouti.

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Guépratte closed in on the distressed fishing dhow at sunset
Guépratte closed in on the distressed fishing dhow at sunset

For the second time since beginning operations with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the French Ship Guépratte provided assistance to a fishing dhow in distress.

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Ships and aircraft took part in a recent international Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise in the Gulf
Ships and aircraft took part in a recent international Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise in the Gulf

Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) held a major maritime infrastructure protection exercise in the Gulf this month as part of an annual pre-planned training programme.

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HMS Kent’s Lynx helicopter provides overwatch while her boarding team conduct a routine verification boarding in support of CTF-150 maritime security operations
HMS Kent’s Lynx helicopter provides overwatch while her boarding team conduct a routine verification boarding in support of CTF-150 maritime security operations

Warships and aircraft from Australia, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States continue to support Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Gulf of Aden.

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The French frigate Guépratte rendered assistance to distressed mariners
The French frigate Guépratte rendered assistance to distressed mariners

During her time supporting the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations, the French frigate Guépratte rendered assistance to two fishing dhows in the Gulf of Aden.

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