Tag Archives: Maritime Security Operations

British Royal Navy Type 22 frigate HMS Cumberland was at Mina Salman, Bahrain, on November 1-2, for the start of her deployment to the Gulf. The 5,300-tonne frigate will undertake maritime security duties with Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152), an international maritime task force which works to prevent destabilising activities and promote maritime security throughout Arabian Gulf. Currently commanded by Kuwait, it has also included participation from Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, France, Australia and the United States. It is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a global maritime partnership based at the US NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain. CMF’s main focus areas are countering terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment. HMS Cumberland’s commanding officer, Captain Steve Dainton said: “My crew have trained hard over the past couple of months and are at an extremely high standard. The ship is…

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French frigate FS Dupleix (D641) recently completed two days of maritime security training with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The programme involved classroom lectures on boarding techniques, alongside live role plays and practical boarding scenarios, courtesy of the U.S. Coastguard detachment in Bahrain. Experts from the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) were on hand to advise on evidence gathering and handling methods, whilst CMF’s legal team delivered a brief on the complex considerations relating to international maritime law. There were also talks on human factors, such as cultural considerations, conversational skills, body language and deceptive behaviour. Maritime Security Operations (MSO) are undertaken by CMF’s three task forces. Approach and Assist Visits form a key part of ongoing effort to provide assistance to the maritime community and to deter illegal activity, whilst Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) is the procedure by which CMF warships inspect merchant vessels suspected of engaging…

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 The Royal Australian Navy today assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150).Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy was relieved by Commodore Gregory Sammut of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). CTF-150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain. CTF-150 exists to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities across an area of two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. The CTF 150’s principal mission is to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organizations (ITOs) to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials. This is done by conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). CTF-150 vessels also assist mariners in distress and undertake humanitarian work…

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MANAMA, Bahrain – Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) participated in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman from 14 – 17 Sept. 2010. This operation concentrated forces in key areas where illegal activities are most likely to occur on a frequent basis. MSO are conducted under international maritime conventions to deter and disrupt terrorism and other illicit activities in the maritime environment, thereby helping to ensure security, safety and freedom of movement for commercial shipping in international waters. Coalition warships and aircraft from Australia, Pakistan, and the U.S. participated in the operation, together with support from the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), which provided surface and air assets.  Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi, SI(M), Commander CTF-150, emphasised building trust and cooperation with lawful maritime operators. Particular attention was also paid to strengthening cooperation with regional partners and to gaining an understanding of the local…

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Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 conducted a Maritime Security Operations (MSO) evolution in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandab sea areas from the 25th – 30th June. This operation was a key achievement for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) regional engagement in the CTF 150 area of operation and building of maritime Pattern of Life (POL). Coalition warships from the United Kingdom and United States along with German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) participated in the operation. Besides regional engagement, particular attention was paid to the collection of maritime pattern of life data, building cooperation with Yemeni fisherman and utilizing the knowledge of Yemen Naval personnel about local issues and maritime environment. The operation also included interaction with the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) warships Al Riyadh and Makkah. MSO are conducted to support the basic themes of anti-terrorism, violent extremism, narcotic smuggling, human smuggling and or…

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