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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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At Sea, Somali Basin – On 28 Sept. 2010, commander, Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul of the Turkish Navy, hosted the commander of the European Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), French Rear Adm. Phillipe Coindreau. The ninety minute meeting between the two commanders took place onboard CTF-151 flagship TCG Gokceada, with Coindreau arriving by helicopter from his flagship, French frigate FS De Grasse (D612). The purpose of the meeting was to improve the working relationship between the two maritime forces, deepening understanding and increasing cooperation. “The meeting was very fruitful,” stated Ertugrul after the meeting. “We have both benefited a great deal from this meeting. Both forces are in the region to deal with piracy, and such meetings give us the opportunity to share the burden of such a great task. Today’s meeting reinforces both Task Forces’ commitment to dealing with the global issue of piracy. We have…

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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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SOMALI BASIN – Just before midday on Sept. 26, Turkish frigate TCG Gokceada, flagship to the multi-national Combined Task Force 151, successfully disrupted a group suspected of planning an act of piracy. The ship’s helicopter was scanning the southern Somali coast for pirate activity when a suspicious vessel was seen not far from the shore and near a suspected pirate camp, some 100 miles south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Initial reports from the helicopter crew stated seeing the kind of equipment commonly used by pirates on the vessel. TCG Gokceada’s boarding team was quickly dispatched and boarded the suspicious vessel. The seven-man boarding team found 21 drums of fuel, enough to sustain a small vessel at sea for many days, and a long ladder with hooks (the kind typically used by pirates to board large cargo vessels). Approval was given for the boarding team to transfer the three personnel…

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