THE British and French navies have recently displayed their close working relationship by sharing command of each other’s assets on two different oceans.
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.
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.
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.
For the second time since beginning operations with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the French Ship Guépratte provided assistance to a fishing dhow in distress.
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.
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.
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.