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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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At the end of April 2015, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) flagship FS Var visited Victoria, the Capital of the Seychelles situated in the Indian Ocean to meet the Seychelles high representatives and Coast Guard.

Crew members from FS Var diving with Seychelles Coast Guard during a common training in Victoria.
Crew members from FS Var diving with Seychelles Coast Guard during a common training in Victoria.

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The Republic of Seychelles has announced its agreement to join Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) making it the 27th country to join this professional capable and alert force across 5 continents.  Established in 2002, CMF promotes security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters including the Gulf, Gulf of Aden, Southern Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Its aim is to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy and encourage regional cooperation to promote a safe maritime environment.  With its geographical position, the Seychelles is located in an area where piracy occurs and therefore will be one of the key strategic partners of CMF.

 

Captain Antonio Gomme, Senior National Representative of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces at CMF Headquarters, Bahrain


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Admiral Tanasak Patimapragorn, Thailand’s Chief of Defence Forces and Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy met with Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong, Royal Thai Navy, in Seychelles, May 20-21.

Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong, Royal Thai Navy, commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, left, welcomes Admiral Tanasak Patimapragorn, Chief of Defence Forces, right.

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SOMALI basin – The Royal Navy has struck at the heart of Somali piracy operating in the Somali basin.  RFA Fort Victoria was patrolling in an area approximately 420 nautical miles from the Seychelles and 350 nautical miles from the Somali coast as part of NATO’s combined task force 508.

RFA Fort Victoria's Royal Marines catch one of the whalers (MOD / Crown Copyright 28 Nov 11)

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VICTORIA, Seychelles – Turkish warship TCG Gokceada, flagship to Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), recently visited Victoria, Seychelles.  Whilst in port, the ship took the opportunity to host 12 boys and three Foyer De Nazareth Orphanage staff. The boys were given a full tour of the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, including the bridge, where they got to sit in the captain’s chair. They were told about life at sea and received ship’s souvenirs. Ramus Legaie, an 8-year-old from the orphanage said, “The ship is so big! I got to sit in the Captain’s chair. Today has been a great experience for me. Thank you Gokceada!” Lt Oguz Bastemur, the ship’s Operations Officer, and Lt Okan Sesiguzel, the Weapon Electronics Officer were the ship’s tour guides for the boys’ visit. Bastemur said “It was great to be able show the boys from Foyer De Nazareth around TCG Gokceada. Whenever TCG…

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VICTORIA, Seychelles – Turkish warship TCG Gokceada, flagship to the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) conducting counter-piracy operations in the Somali Basin, recently arrived in Victoria, Seychelles for a brief port visit. While in port, Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul, Commander, CTF-151, took the opportunity to strengthen links with the archipelago nation. At a meeting between Ertugrul and Chief of Defence Staff of the Seychelles, Brigadier Leopold Payet, both men agreed to strengthen ties and mutual cooperation in dealing with piracy. The Somali Basin is a hotspot for piracy, which affects global trade, as well as regional maritime industries. Ertugrul reaffirmed his commitment to the Seychelles during the hour-long meeting stating, “It is my intention to robustly disrupt and deter piracy within the Somali Basin. Such acts not only affect large merchant shipping industries, but also important local and regional maritime activities, such as fishing. I am committed to working ever-closer…

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Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and Sailors assigned to “Swamp Foxes” of HSL 44 (Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light) took time to volunteer at Foyer De Nazerath Boys Orphanage during a recent port visit to Victoria, Seychelles. In total, 12 Sailors participated in the community relations project (COMREL) playing basketball and soccer with 12 orphan boys, ranging from ages 6 to 15. “I love giving back to the community, especially overseas” said Aviation Warfare Rescuer 2nd Class (AW) Ryan Quinn. “The highlight of the day was definitely seeing how playing a simple game of basketball lit up the boys’ faces.” Quinn, along with some other HSL 44 Sailors, gave the boys U.S. military patches as souvenirs. Winston S. Churchill baseball caps were also handed out to the boys, in addition to more than 100 books. Yeoman 2nd Class Casey Patterson, currently an Individual Augmentee assigned…

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