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  • 20 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A counter-piracy operation conducted by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is currently underway in the Gulf of Aden and the Socotra gap. Operation Haka – as the undertaking is named – started on November 16 and will conclude on November 23. It will be conducted as part of the Kuwait-led CTF 151’s mission to counter piracy, […]

  • 27 September 2018
    Authorities

    French Navy frigate FS Floreal has seized over 7 tons of hashish from two dhows in the Indian Ocean on September 23 and 24. According to Combined Maritime Forces, the drugs are valued at $3.5m, based on street values in Yemen, which was the expected destination for the hashish. This is the most significant seizure of […]

  • 12 September 2018
    Authorities

    The Royal Saudi Navy (RSN) has handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 152 (CTF152) to the Kuwait Coast Guard (KCG). The change of command ceremony took place at the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain on September 12. As explained, this is the first time a CTF is under the command of […]

  • 12 September 2018
    Vessels

    In an effort to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Singapore-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 conducted focused operation on behalf of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The operation, Vigilant Lion, which ran from August 31 to September 8, involved adjacent forces in CMF, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, […]

  • 3 September 2018
    Vessels

    On August 29, 2018, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s JS Akebono and the Spanish Navy’s ESPS Castilla conducted a passage exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. JS Akebono (DD-108) and ESPS Castilla (L52) are flagships under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF151) and the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, respectively. […]

  • 13 August 2018

    Brazil has joined Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), becoming the 33rd member of the multinational naval partnership.  Brazil has had a number of liaison officers work over the years within the organization to develop skills and understanding of how CMF works. Commander Joao Prudencio Enes of the Brazilian Navy becomes the first officer to act as […]

  • 27 July 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll joined the international Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) during a recent visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently under command of Royal Navy Commodore Steve Moorhouse, CTF 150 is part of the 32-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), is responsible for disrupting the illicit activities of terrorist organisations in the Western Indian […]

  • 20 June 2018
    Authorities

    French Navy frigate FS Nivôse has seized over 250 kilograms from a suspected vessel in her first month of operations as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150). The narcotics were seized in a June 8 operation in which the crew of Nivôse boarded and inspected a dhow off the coast of Somalia. The sailors […]

  • 19 June 2018
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga is returning from a Middle East deployment which saw the crew seize over AU$2 billion of narcotics over the course of eight months. In total, the Australian warship intercepted 16 vessels carrying illicit narcotics, seizing a total of around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of heroin valued […]

  • 25 May 2018
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga has continued her drug interception streak with an additional two hauls of illicit narcotics in the Arabian Sea. The narcotics were intercepted following boarding operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea this week and are valued at approximately AUD$315.4 million, according to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Illicit […]

  • 17 May 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The French Navy frigate La Fayette seized 260 kg of heroin when interdicting a “suspicious dhow” in the Red Sea on May 11. It is her third seizure of narcotics in less than a month, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said. In an operation coordinated by Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), Marine Nationale Frigate […]

  • 14 May 2018
    Authorities

    As part of the mission to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have conducted a large-scale Focused Operation in conjunction with the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR). The operation, known as Three Arrows, started on May 1, 2018, with warships from Japan, Spain and Italy working together along […]

  • 17 April 2018
    Authorities

    French Navy frigate FS La Fayette seized over 400 kilos of heroin from a dhow it intercepted in the Indian Ocean in an operation on April 11. The drugs were intercepted after La Fayette’s Panther helicopter detected a suspicious vessel while on a routine surveillance in the international waters of the Arabian Sea as part […]

  • 27 March 2018
    Authorities

    French Navy destroyer FS Jean de Vienne intercepted 570 kilos of heroine from a dhow in the Arabian Sea, achieving its second successful drug interception on its deployment as part of the Combined Maritime Forces. The operation took place on March 25 in international waters of the Arabian Sea. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the tenth […]

  • 9 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    On 5 March 2018, the French Marine Nationale destroyer Jean de Vienne seized over four tons of hashish during an operation in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the third for CTF150 in recent days. Together with Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Warramunga, the […]

  • 18 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) welcomed the commander of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force while underway in the Persian Gulf on January 16. Commodore Mohammed Yousif Al Asam and members of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force visited the ship while the Bahrain Navy frigate RBNS Sabha (FFG 90) joined a maneuvering exercise with […]

  • 7 December 2017
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy is at the helm of Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) after assuming command from the Pakistan Navy in a change of command ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain on December 7. Australian Commodore Mal Wise assumed command of CTF150 from Pakistani Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi in a ceremony […]

  • 29 November 2017
    Authorities

    Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) welcomed delegates to the 41st Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) conference on counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean in Bahrain on November 22. The diversification and proliferation of wider maritime security threats in the Gulf of Aden and the Southern Red Sea, which […]

  • 3 November 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Fleet Command/US Tenth Fleet announced Thursday that all US Navy cyber mission force teams achieved full operational capability (FOC). The 40 teams were qualified by US Cyber Command October 6, meaning they reached full operational capability almost a year ahead of schedule. The focus of US Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force teams aligns with the […]

  • 20 September 2017
    Authorities

    Command of the US 5th Fleet naval forces changed hands in a September 19 ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino relieved Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan as commander of naval forces in the central command area of responsibility. Donegan has served as the NAVCENT/C5F/CMF (Combined Maritime Forces) commander since assuming […]

  • 29 June 2017
    Authorities

    Turkish Navy assumed command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) from the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) in a change of command ceremony on June 29. Rear Amiral Emre Sezenler Turkish Navy took over from Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda JMSDF at CMF headquarters in Bahrain. The ceremony was presided over by Vice […]

  • 15 June 2017
    Authorities

    Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces achieved a record number of drug interceptions in a four-month span, with 10 drug seizures totaling over 3,300 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, cannabis resin and hashish since March. It started with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) on March 2, when […]

  • 9 May 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Denmark is sending a Bombardier Challenger 604 maritime patrol aircraft to support the monitoring of shipping traffic in the Indian Ocean, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs announced on May 5. It was further said that Denmark would make a Challenger airplane available for the Mediterranean efforts to monitor EU’s outer borders under Frontex. “With the deployment of our […]

  • 8 May 2017
    Authorities

    French frigate FS Surcouf collaborated with a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to make her first cocaine interception as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150). Less than three weeks into its deployment, FS Surcouf made two narcotics seizures, with back to back boardings yielding around 400kg of heroin. Early in […]

  • 14 April 2017
    Authorities

    Canada has concluded a five-month period of commanding the Bahrain-headquartered Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) and handed over duties to France. This was Canada’s third command of the multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force located in the greater Middle East region. The Canadian contingent was joined by eight members of the Australian Defence Force. […]

  • 12 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta recently completed her first underway replenishment in the Gulf of Aden during her deployment to the Middle East. HMAS Arunta deployed under the Australian operation Manitou which supports the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to fight terrorism and prevent piracy. The frigate completed her first RAS in company with US Navy oiler USNS […]