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Cdr Flatman with the Commanding Officer of the 22nd Grupo, SPAF, Lt Col Juan Ferrero, and his Orion team

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Chief Air Coordination Element (ACE) recently visited Djibouti to witness Japanese and Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) operations.

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Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF151) Commodore Zahid Ilyas SI(M) S.Bt recently visited Djibouti to promote further cooperation between Djibouti and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

Commodore Zahid Ilyas met with the Djiboutian Deputy Chief of Navy, Lieutenant Commander Ali Abdoulaye Bouh, in recognition of Djibouti’s valuable support of Coalition Forces. Lieutenant Commander Ali Abdoulaye Bouh thanked CTF151 for its contribution to capacity building within the Joint Area of Operations and acknowledged CTF151’s effort in tackling piracy in the region. The meeting also provided the opportunity to deepen further cooperation between CMF and Djibouti.

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Commander Combined Task Force 151, Commodore Zahid Ilyas meets the Djibouti Deputy Navy Chief, Lieutenant Commander Ali Abdoulaye

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The Japanese ship JS Suzunami, working for Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, recently undertook a dramatic medical emergency rescue at sea.

A medical emergency distress call was received from the MV Hawassan, which was transiting through the Indian Ocean. One of the crew members from India was experiencing severe chest pains and having difficulty breathing. Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), based in Bahrain, immediately coordinated a response to dispatch JS Suzunami to meet up with the MV Hawassa and offer medical assistance.

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The Japanese SH-60K aircraft during the medical emergency on board MV Hawassa

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Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 has conducted a joint operation with partners from across the international community, both military and non-military, aimed at encouraging the maritime community to work together to promote legitimate trade and fair use of the sea in the Horn of Africa region.

The operation, coordinated by CTF151, was a multinational, multiagency operation involving ships and aircraft from 5 nations, the UK Maritime Trade Organisation and the European Union Naval force, (EU NAVFOR). The aim was to encourage cooperation and communication amongst all maritime users in the region, including fishermen and merchant vessels operating in the area.

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 Caption: An officer onboard JS AKIZUKI conducts a Maritime Awareness Call with a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

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Commander of Combined Task Force 151 met the Vice President of the Seychelles to discuss the combined approach that has been successful in suppressing piracy in the region over the past years.

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Chief of Seychelles Coast Guard, Lt Col Simon Dine (l), and Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito (r), survey the Seychelles Coast Guard Fleet.

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Captain Masatoshi Kashihara from the JS Harusame in discussions with Lieutenant Commander Ali Tuna Baysal, Commanding Officer of the TCG Buyukada
Captain Masatoshi Kashihara from the JS Harusame in discussions with Lieutenant Commander Ali Tuna Baysal, Commanding Officer of the TCG Buyukada

Officers from Japanese warship Harusame, supporting the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force, were welcomed onboard Turkish warship TCG Buyukada recently, which is operating as part of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, when the two ships were sailing in close proximity to each other in the Gulf of Aden.

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The delegation from JS Harusame was warmly welcomed by the crew of INS Teg

Officers from the Japanese Ship (JS) Harusame, currently assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force CTF-151, took the opportunity to meet their counterparts on Indian Naval Ship (INS) Teg when both ships were alongside in Salalah, Oman, recently.

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ITS Andrea Doria with JS Harusame in the background
ITS Andrea Doria with JS Harusame in the background

Officers from the Japanese Ship (JS) Harusame, currently assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force CTF-151, took the opportunity to visit the flagship of the EU Naval Force counter-piracy mission, Italian Ship (ITS) Andrea Doria, when they found themselves operating in close proximity.

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JS Harusame Shore Engagement Team visited to Local fishing vessel at port of call
JS Harusame Shore Engagement Team visited to Local fishing vessel at port of call

A Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship supporting CTF-151, the counter-piracy task force, engaged with local fishermen during a port visit to Salalah, Oman, this week.

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Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich from the Royal Thai Navy and Commander CTF-151 welcomed onboard the JS Harusame
Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich from the Royal Thai Navy and Commander CTF-151 welcomed onboard the JS Harusame

The commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force visited two ships assigned to counter-piracy duties during a recent visit to Oman.

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