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CTF-151 is formally handed-over

Rear Adm. Nejat Inanir of the Turkish Navy has formally handed-over command of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 to Commodore Abdul Munib of the Pakistani Navy, in a special ceremony held at the US Navy’s NAVCENT headquarters in Bahrain, Dec. 9. This concludes Turkey’s sixth command of CTF-151. Formed in 2009, CTF-151 this maritime defence force is primarily dedicated to the deterrence, disruption and suppression of piracy and armed robbery at sea, and to engage with regional and other partners to strengthen relevant capabilities in the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and the Indian Ocean. RAdm Inanir praised the international nature of the Task Force, citing this as the main reason for its ongoing success. “We have a truly international blend of staff from 10 countries, each bringing their own culture and experience to our task force,” he said. “The wide range of strengths and different approaches…

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On 21 December 2015 command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) passed from the Turkish Navy under the command of Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay to Commodore Zahid Ilyas SI(M) S Bt of the Pakistan Navy.

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Commodore Zahid Ilyas, incoming Commander CTF 151

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Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) 151 recently visited Djibouti with his flagship TCG Gemlik. Taking a short break from counter-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, TCG Gemlik came alongside in the Horn of Africa’s prominent port.

Turkish Amphibious Team onboard TCG Gemlik, conducting training together with their counterparts from the Djiboutian Navy.
Turkish Amphibious Team onboard TCG Gemlik, conducting training together with their counterparts from the Djiboutian Navy.

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On 27 August 2015 command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) passed from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force under the command of Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito to Captain Ayhan Bay of the Turkish Navy, who will be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 30 August.

Rear Admiral Ito JMSDF, Vice Admiral Miller USN and Captain Ayhan Bay TN.
Rear Admiral Ito JMSDF, Vice Admiral Miller USN and Captain Ayhan Bay TN.

 

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A Turkish Ship, working in direct support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force CTF-151, has undertaken the first focused operation Whātoro (New Zealand Māori for Outreach) with Yemeni forces in the Bab-al-Mandeb straight.

TCG Gemlik Seaboat approaching and assisting a Yemen fishing vessel.
TCG Gemlik Seaboat approaching and assisting a Yemen fishing vessel.

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Commodore Tony Millar discussing Japan’s contribution to counter-piracy operations with Captain Tsutomu Okawa
Commodore Tony Millar discussing Japan’s contribution to counter-piracy operations with Captain Tsutomu Okawa

The Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) visited Japanese and Turkish ships providing direct support to CTF-151 in Oman recently.

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Yemeni Forces have been commended for their continued commitment to counter piracy by the Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF-151) Rear Admiral (RDML) Oguz Karaman following his visit to Yemen.

RDML Karaman of the Turkish Navy, said the chance to meet the Chief of General Staff Major General Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal in Sana’a was a key opportunity to discuss the ongoing threat of piracy and the need for coordinating efforts. He said:

The Chief of General Staff (COGS) for the Yemeni military forces, Major General Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal presents the Commander Combined Task Force 151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman (left) from the Turkish Navy with a plaque during their meeting in Sana’a, Yemen. Their discussions focused on counter-piracy and ways to collaborate in the future to deter pirates in the region as part of the broader maritime community.

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Valuable information on counter-piracy operations and coordination of assets off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, was recently exchanged during a cross-deck by Task Force Commanders in flagship TCG Gemlik on 13 Oct.

Commander Combined Task Force (CTF)151 Rear Admiral (RDML) Oguz Karaman of the Turkish Navy hosted EUNAVFOR Commander RDML Enrico Credendino from the Italian Navy and two officers from the their flagship ITS San Giusto, Commanders Giuseppe Aletta and Luc De Maesschalck.

European Union Naval Force Commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino and Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman
European Union Naval Force Commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino and Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman

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