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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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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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