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Commodore Aage Buur Jensen Danish Royal Navy, Commander, Combined Task Force 151 (counter piracy) met with his NATO colleague, Rear Admiral Siman A. Tosun, Commander, Task Force 508, during counter-piracy patrols at sea.

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GULF OF ADEN – While transiting through the Gulf of Aden, Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, Pakistan Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, took the opportunity to meet with the recently installed Commander of Combined Task Force 508, a NATO task force contributing to the counter piracy mission in the area, Dec. 14.

CTF-508 Commander meets CTF-151 Commander

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SOMALI BASIN –Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship TCG GEDIZ of the Republic of Turkey, assigned to CMF’s counter-piracy mission, Combined Task Force 151 disrupted a suspected pirate mother ship and a pirate skiff in the southern Somali Basin.

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The Pakistan Navy today assumed command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151). Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul of the Turkish Navy was relieved by Commodore Abdul Aleem of the Pakistan Navy at a formal ceremony aboard the British frigate HMS Cornwall in Fujairah, UAE. CTF-151 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain. It was established in January 2009 in order to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, protecting maritime vessels of any nationality and securing freedom of navigation for the benefit of all. CTF-151’s area of operation encompasses an area of 1.1 million square miles in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. “Pakistan has been a valued partner in Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) for many years now,” said Cdre. Tim Fraser, deputy commander, CMF. “They’ve had a major impact on maritime security operations in the region, having commanded CTF 150…

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For the past three months the Turkish Navy was at the helm of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), the multi-national counter-piracy mission of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). A small but dedicated team of international naval personnel was embarked aboard the flagship TCG Gaziantep to join task force commander Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul and his command staff, the majority of whom were drawn from the Turkish Navy, with the  senior officers having attended the prestigious naval college in Istanbul. “The flag staff are essentially a floating headquarters“, said Captain Rafet Oktar, the CTF-151 Chief of Staff charged with bringing together the various command and control functions. “We coordinate the various elements of the task force such as ships and aircraft, we plan current and future operations and we provide specialist advice to the Commander“. Lieutenant Commander Scott Robinson of the Royal Canadian Navy was responsible for planning the task force’s future…

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Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 flagship, Turkish frigate TCG Gaziantep, assisted the Merchant Vessel (M/V) Front Alfa following a suspected pirate attack Nov. 21. M/V Front Alfa contacted the  UK Maritime Trade Organization, reporting that it was being chased by a suspicious skiff with five people on board, approximately 300 nautical miles south east of Salalah, Oman. All communication was then lost with the Norwegian-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil tanker. Gaziantep immediately proceeded to M/V Front Alfa’s last known location to investigate. In the early hours of Nov. 22, TCG Gaziantep launched her helicopter and reported seeing MV Front Alfa turning slowly in circles. Gaziantep conducted a search of the immediate area for suspect vessels and managed to establish communication with M/V Front Alfa. The ship’s master reported that the crew had locked themselves in a safe room, a maritime best management practice method known as a “citadel.” Upon arrival…

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Turkish warship TCG Gaziantep left Salalah today following a brief port visit that will lead her into the final stage of her current counter-piracy deployment. The 4,100 ton frigate serves as the flagship of Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul, commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multi-national counter-piracy mission operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The visit provided an opportunity to replenish stores and a short, but well deserved rest for the ship’s company and command staff which, in addition to Turkey, also includes officers from Canada, the UK and U.S. Over the last few months, Ertugrul has commanded ships and coordinated aircraft from a diverse range of nations, including Australia, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and U.S. Their mission is not only to disrupt pirate attacks and reassure merchant shipping, but also to strengthen regional partnerships, in order to build international resolve to prevent and deter such…

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On the morning of Oct. 28, 2010, the tanker MV Hellespont Protector was attacked by a suspected pirate skiff in the Gulf of Aden. The Liberian-flagged merchant vessel was transiting the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) when it was attacked by suspected pirates, who fired at the vessel with AK47 assault rifles. Due to the large naval coalition presence within the region, HTMS Similan, from the Royal Thai Navy, was nearby to assist. The Fusu-class replenishment ship, currently supporting Combined Task Force 151, immediately launched its helicopter to investigate the skiff. With the MV Hellespont Protector increasing its speed, the suspected pirates were unable to catch the merchant vessel and aborted their attack, dropping their weapons into the water in an attempt to escape. Within minutes, HTMS Similan’s boarding team apprehended the skiff. After taking records, the skiff was forced back to the Somali coast, and a warning of suspected pirate…

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Two Thai naval ships, the offshore patrol vessel, HTMS Pattani, and support ship, HTMS Similan, have recently disrupted pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden, adding to maritime security and the protection of legitimate merchant vessels within the region. The Royal Thai Navy counter-piracy task group is part of the multi-national Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151). At 7 A.M. on Oct. 23, 2010, the MV Merlin Arrow issued a distress call stating that it was being attacked by a fast skiff. Indian warship INS Rajput, which was protecting a convoy in the area, sent its helicopter to investigate the skiff, which quickly changed course and headed away. HTMS Similian and HTMS Pattani were in the vicinity conducting another convoy when Similan spotted one skiff approximately 2 miles away. Six people were seen on board with a long ladder, and the skiff was suspected as being the same that had previously…

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On the evening of 23 Oct. 2010, the LPG Tanker MV Maido was attacked by suspected pirates approximately 80 miles to the east of the Tanzania-Mozambique border. The French-flagged merchant vessel, on passage from Port Louis, Mauritius, to Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam, was not far from its final destination when it sent out a distress message stating that it was being approached by a skiff. Since the distress message, the vessel had not been contactable and the counter-piracy Combined Task Force 151 coordinated the investigation into the situation. The MV Maido’s Master is French, with the crew consisting of 9 Filipino, 3 French and 1 Pole. The crew were able to retreat into a secure room, or citadel, putting them out of the reach of the pirates. After a few hours onboard, the pirates abandoned the MV Maido. The crew are unharmed and the MV Maido is now safely…

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