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  • 9 December 2016
    Authorities

    Canada has taken command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy task force operating in the Middle East region. Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Royal Canadian Navy assumed command on Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 after conducting a change of command ceremony with the Pakistan Navy on December 8. CTF 150 is primarily focused on […]

  • 2 December 2016
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    Bahrain was the stage for the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference which was held November 30. The conference was a forum to discuss counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean and the importance of cooperation between naval units in the region, industry and other concerned organizations. Representatives from NATO, […]

  • 27 October 2016
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    Pakistan has taken command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 after from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy during a ceremony in Bahrain on October 26. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. CTF […]

  • 2 September 2016
    Training & Education

    Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), concluded bilateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises with the Royal Australian navy and the United Kingdom’s Royal navy, Aug. 29. Mason, recently the recipient of the U.S. Navy’s prestigious ASW Bloodhound Award, led the Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare […]

  • 5 August 2016
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    The Pakistan Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) after conducting a handover ceremony with the Royal Navy. Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy assumed command of CTF150 from Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy on August 4 in a ceremony held at the […]

  • 17 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers recently took part in a bilateral Maritime Security Operation (MSO) exercise with a French Navy destroyer. USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) together with the French Marine Nationale’s Horizon-class air defence destroyer FS Forbin (D 620) deployed their visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) teams to simulate compliant and non-compliant […]

  • 7 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Spanish Air Force’s P-3 maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA), currently deployed to Djibouti as part of Operation Atalanta, recently met with two Japanese P-3 aircraft which are deployed with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to fly in close formation over the Gulf of Aden. Maritime air crews from the different task forces rarely get the […]

  • 1 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy’s Scotland-based minehunter squadron has a new Commanding Officer. The First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (MCM1), which is based at HM Naval Base Clyde, operates a fleet of seven Sandown Class vessels each of them equipped with the latest in mine hunting technology. On June 21, outgoing Commanding Officer, Commander Tim Davey, handed-over the top […]

  • 27 June 2016
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    The most senior British military officer visited Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain this month. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CB, accompanied by the Defence Senior Advisor for the Middle East (DSAME), Lieutenant-General Thomas Beckett CBE, visited the CMF HQ whilst conducting a theatre wide tour. General […]

  • 8 June 2016
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    Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender on June 7 seized over a metric tonne of high grade hashish being trafficked across the Indian Ocean. Operating with the Royal Navy-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Defender intercepted a suspect fishing dhow off the south coast of Oman. A search of the vessel found 51 bales, each weighing 20kg, […]

  • 2 June 2016
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    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin has seized almost one tonne of heroin in three separate busts off the coast of Africa. The frigate made the interceptions, worth up to AU$800 million in late May while deployed to the U.S. Navy led Combined Maritime Forces. With the support of a Combined Maritime Force (CMF) surveillance […]

  • 31 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Commanders from three Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Forces (CTFs) met this month to discuss maritime security. Commander CTF 151 (CCTF 151) Rear Admiral (Radm) Ken Cheong of the Republic of Singapore Navy met with CCTF 150 Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy, and CCTF 152, Colonel Nayef Alaskar, of the Kuwait Naval […]

  • 16 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, recently visited the EU NAVFOR’s operation Atalanta flagship, FGS Bayern in Salalah in the Gulf of Aden. Radm Cheong, who works for Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), met the Force Commander EU NAVFOR, Radm Jan Kaack, onboard FGS Bayern. This was the second time both commanders […]

  • 3 May 2016
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    Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, Commander of the Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF 151), recently visited two Republic of Korea ships while they were anchored at Mina Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi. Rear Admiral Cheong made his first Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) visit to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) ships Choe Yeong and […]

  • 18 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    French Navy frigate Aconit has joined Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152) whilst carrying out maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. CTF 152 is one of three task forces that make up Combined Maritime Forces and is charged with ensuring maritime security and freedom of navigation in the Arabian Gulf. France is a major […]

  • 8 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Republic of Singapore Navy assumed command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter piracy unit, the CTF 151, from the Pakistan Navy during a ceremony held at CMF headquarters in Bahrain on March 31. Rear Admiral Cheong Kwok Chien will lead a multi-national team of over thirty people for three months of counter-piracy operations. CTF 151 is committed […]

  • 29 March 2016
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    French Navy frigate FS Provence has intercepted a large weapons cache from a small boat (dhow) sailing towards Somalia. Several hundred machine guns, anti-tank weapons and AK47 assault rifles were among the weapons seized from the dhow. The weapons smugglers were spotted heading toward Somalia by Provence’s Caïman helicopter whilst it was undertaking routine surveillance in […]

  • 8 March 2016
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    Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF 151) Commodore Zahid Ilyas SI(M) S.Bt recently visited Sri Lanka to boost cooperation, coordination and information exchanges with the Sri Lankan Navy, in order to lay the foundations for Sri Lanka becoming a member of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The visit offered an opportunity to highlight the role and […]

  • 7 March 2016
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    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache after boarding a small fishing vessel approximately 170 nautical miles (313 kilometres) off the coast of Oman. The frigate’s crew initially conducted a flag verification boarding. After assessing the vessel to be stateless, HMAS Darwin searched the vessel and discovered 1989 AK-47 […]

  • 26 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Boarding party teams of the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin recently sharpened their counter-terrorism skills as the ship begins maritime patrols in the Middle East region with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). During Darwin’s stopover in Bahrain, the Australian sailors conducted a week of “visit, board, search and seizure” (VBSS) tactics training. The fast paced combination of classroom […]

  • 23 February 2016
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    Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) vessel Suzunami of the Japanese Navy recently provided help to a yacht during a storm in the Red Sea. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) informed CTF151 that a British flagged sailing yacht was in distress during bad weather in the area. The vessel, Milashka, which had 6 Russian […]

  • 16 February 2016
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    HMS St Albans, the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate worked with Royal Saudi Navy minehunter HMS Al Jawf to support Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Persian Gulf. The Kuwaiti-led Combine Task Force 152 (CTF), headquartered in Bahrain, is in charge of Maritime Security in the Gulf for the 31 member nations of CMF. During the time […]

  • 11 February 2016
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    Having seized almost a tonne of heroin and made more than 50 boarding operations, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne is now returning home to Australia. The guided missile frigate handed over maritime security responsibilities to sister ship, HMAS Darwin, after five months of operations in support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and more than six […]

  • 8 February 2016
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    The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Commander’s Conference took place in Bahrain on February 2 2016. The bi-annual conference brings together senior military representatives from CMF members, to update them on CMF’s achievements, assess operational effectiveness and discuss, in an open forum, ways of improving and developing CMF capabilities. In his opening remarks, the Commander of […]

  • 4 February 2016
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    The crew of the Royal Australian Navy’s guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne made their fifth drug seizure in Operation Manitou as they seized around 65kg of heroin from a dhow in the Indian Ocean. The hidden drugs were discovered when Melbourne’s boarding party searched a suspect vessel during Melbourne’s last maritime security patrol with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces […]

  • 21 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Commanding Officer of Danish HMDS Absalon, Commander Per Moll Petersen paid a visit to Allied Maritime Command – MARCOM to deliver the Staff his mission debrief regarding his most recent deployment in NATO Operation Ocean Shield. During this visit, MARCOM Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio received Commander Per Moll Petersen and his party […]