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  • 25 September 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Interdepartmental and international Maritime Exercise OXIDE 2015 is currently underway in Richards Bay, South Africa, during the period from September 21 to October 2. The Exercise, held between the South Indian Ocean French Forces, stationed at La Reunion, and the South African National Defence Force every two years, is part of an effort of protecting trade routes in the […]

  • 13 June 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the Combined Maritime Force and EU NAVFOR staged a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden early June, honing interoperability and coordination to combat piracy. EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from June 6 to 8. They worked towards developing […]

  • 4 March 2013
    Training & Education

    After navigating the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, ESPS Rayo joined EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta on Tuesday 26 February.  Having completed her first patrol in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the Spanish warship is currently alongside Djibouti, together with EU NAVFOR flagship, ESPS Méndez Núnez. With an […]

  • 15 July 2019
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat returned to its Perth homeport on July 14, following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. The frigate’s 200 officers and sailors worked together with the international Combined Maritime Forces to seize nearly 20 tonnes of illicit drugs worth an estimated AUD$1.41 billion. Ballarat’s illicit drug seizures included approximately […]

  • 25 October 2015
    Authorities

    During a series of mutual cross-deck visits, staff members from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 had a good opportunity to meet with their counterparts from Japan and CTF 465, the European Union Naval Task Force, in the Gulf of Aden. Commander CTF (CCTF) 151, Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, said: We are operating in this part […]

  • 25 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Five months after departing from her home port of Las Palmas, in Spain, the EU Naval Force Spanish Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), ESPS Relámpago, has completed her counter-piracy deployment with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.   As she departed for home waters, the Spanish Navy frigate, ESPS Navarra, re-joined the […]

  • 29 May 2013
    Training & Education

    Spanish Navy Oceanic Patrol Vessel ESPS Rayo has completed a successful deployment with Operation Atalanta, having spent 85 days as part of the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia. The Spanish warship had departed her home port of Cartagena on 15 February and after transiting the Suez Canal and Red Sea, she commenced […]

  • 28 May 2015
    Authorities

    NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) welcomed U.S. Naval Force Central Command/U.S. FIFTH FLEET/Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Commander, Vice Admiral John Miller, and Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR)/Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces Major General Martin Smith, for a meeting with MARCOM Deputy Commander, Vice Admiral Bruno Paulmier, to discuss maritime security issues, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 29 January 2019
    Authorities

    US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized close to 5 tons of narcotics from a stateless vessel in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden on January 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team conducted a flag verification boarding and seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish in the process. This is […]

  • 1 February 2019
    Authorities

    Just weeks after Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay embarked US Coast Guard personnel for counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean, the team found their first contraband. The Bay-class ship embarked a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) […]

  • 14 January 2019
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat seized over 3.1 tons of hashish in the Arabian Sea during an operation that took place on January 8 and 9. The seized drugs are worth an estimated $155 million and are the first narcotics seized by a Combined Maritime Forces member in 2019. The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, […]

  • 9 October 2017
    Authorities

    An Indian Navy frigate has prevented a possible pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden on October 6. The crew of stealth frigate INS Trishul was escorting merchant vessel MV Jag Amar through the gulf when they noticed a boat carrying out suspicious manoeuvers in the vicinity of the merchant ship. When INS Trishul launched her integral […]

  • 22 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On 21 of January, the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, hosted on board his flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, the Commander of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Wanich Pakorn. Rear Admiral Pakorn was accompanied by his Public Affairs Officer, Commander Komol Kongboonrak, and the First Secretary […]

  • 11 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Representatives from international counter-piracy organisations, as well as nations deploying warships independently, have gathered in Bahrain to discuss how they can best work together to combat the threat posed to shipping by criminal gangs from Somalia. NATO chaired the 34th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) meeting in Bahrain on 3 December 2014. The meeting, hosted […]

  • 7 December 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A combined US/UK task group recently finished a Mine Countermeasure (MCM) exercise in the Persian Gulf.  The scenario for the exercise was to clear ports of mines thereby allowing civilian vessels to pass through. The task group was commanded by Commander Paul Ottewell, Royal Navy, and made up of US Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) USS […]

  • 7 September 2015
    Authorities

    Having departed her home port in the Netherlands weeks earlier, on Thursday 27 August 2015 Royal Netherlands Navy warship, HNLMS Groningen, arrived in the Gulf of Aden to start her counter-piracy operations with the EU Naval Force. During the next three months HNLMS Groningen will conduct counter-piracy patrols to deter piracy and help protect World […]

  • 5 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans returned to Naval Base Portsmouth today following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. Hundreds of friends and families lined the Naval Base as the Type 23 frigate returned from the Gulf where she joined the US and French navies in the fight against Daesh. ‘The Saint’ sailed more […]

  • 4 February 2019
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea. The Australian Navy said the seizures were worth approximately AU$105 million and AU$103.5 million respectively. The interceptions took place on 28 and 29 January 2019 as part of […]

  • 16 October 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Exercise DUGONG 15, a mine countermeasures exercise which involved seven Navies, has drawn to a close in Hobart. The event brought mine warfare and dive teams from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States together for two weeks to practice contemporary mine warfare and dive salvage techniques and procedures. New Zealand also took part, deploying headquarters […]

  • 26 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    NATO and Japan conducted a joint counter-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, 25 September 2014, to test communications and tactical skills. It was the first such joint naval exercise between the two maritime fleets.   “By synchronizing our activities and sharing information we stand a much better chance to secure the waters […]

  • 3 December 2012
    Training & Education

    It is planned to deploy Ukrainian frigate Getman Sagaidachny to East African coast in order to fight sea piracy, reports… [mappress] Source: Russian Navy, December 3, 2012; Image: Flot

  • 31 December 2018
    Authorities

    US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized almost five tons of hashish from a dhow in the Gulf of Aden on December 27. According to the US Navy, the destroyer made the interception during a flag verification boarding as part of maritime security operations in the region. “We have been conducting maritime security operations […]

  • 24 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On Saturday 18 October sailors from EU Naval Force Spanish frigate, ESPS Navarra, embarked on the Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare. The Danish frigate is part of NATO’s counter-piracy operation, Ocean Shield. After closing each other’s sea position, the Commanding Officer of ESPS Navarra flew across to the Danish frigate in ESPS Navarra’s AB212 helicopter […]

  • 7 September 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Four NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) arrived in Bar, Montenegro on Friday, September 4, for a scheduled port visit, during the Group’s deployment to the Mediterranean to enhance maritime security and readiness, and in support of NATO counter-terrorism Operation Active Endeavour (OAE). Led by Captain Ramazan Kesgin, (TUR N), SNMCMG2 is […]

  • 7 June 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian and New Zealand Naviy personnel took part in a week long exercise recently honing their skills in responding to piracy activities on commercial shipping surrounding fictitious countries in the Tasman Sea. Exercise Goanna 18 drew on lessons learnt from RAN and RNZN deployments in domestic and international maritime military operations and exercise. The […]

  • 9 March 2017
    Authorities

    European and Chinese counter-piracy task group commanders met in the Gulf of Aden during their regular patrols. The force commander of the European Union’s operation Atalanta, Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas, welcomed Rear Admiral Zhao Jicheng, commander of the Chinese Escort Task Group. The two commanders met aboard the Spanish landing platform dock ESPS Galicia, […]

  • 15 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Royal UK Navy warship HMS Northumberland has carried out a number of boardings of suspect vessels in the Middle East as part of her maritime security patrols in the region.   Working under the command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) on counter-narcotic operations with Combined Task Force 150, teams of Royal Marine and Royal Navy […]

  • 25 March 2016
    Authorities

    German Navy Rear Admiral Jan Kaack took over the role of the Force Commander of EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta from the Italian Navy Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri on March 23. Rear Admiral Kaack will command the EU Naval Force Somalia from his flaghsip, FGS Bayern for five months. Speaking about his new command, Rear Admiral Kaack stated: […]