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  • 8 February 2016
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 24 February 2020
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    For the fourth time since 2013, Japan has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 at a short ceremony at Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain, relieving the Kuwait Navy of their duties. Since taking command from the Republic of Korea Navy in October last year, Captain Khaled Alkandari and his team have […]

  • 1 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin has completed its first patrol in the Middle East region, arriving into the Port of Muscat, Oman. The 23-day patrol within the Combined Maritime Forces will be the ship’s longest single stretch at sea during this deployment. Darwin’s ship’s company conducted several boardings, with the highlight […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Combined Task Force 152 (CTF152), the Arabian Gulf security and cooperation branch of the Combined Maritime Forces, recently conducted Search and Rescue (SAR), Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and First Aid training in the Gulf. The training consisted of both in port and at sea training. It was designed to enhance interoperability between Gulf […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 14 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy personnel from HMS Excellent, a shore establishment of the Navy, will head to the Arabian Gulf where they will assume command of the Combined Task Force 150 next month. Part of Combined Maritime Forces, Combined Task Force 150 is policing more than two million square miles of sea on the lookout for vessels smuggling weapons and […]

  • 31 May 2017
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    The government of Canada has extended the country’s contribution to international maritime security operations in the Middle East and East Africa under operation Artemis. Announced by defence minister Harjit S. Sajjan and parliamentary secretary Jean Rioux, operation Artemis authorizes the Canadian Armed Forces to deploy a number of maritime assets to the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task […]

  • 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 […]

  • 12 December 2018
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    The Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF) has handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Commodore Darren Garnier of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of CTF 150 on December 6, 2018, during a change […]

  • 2 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin has started patrols under Operation Manitou having replaced sister ship HMAS Melbourne. The crew of HMAS Darwin has benefited from mission-specific training in the Kingdom of Bahrain, prior to setting out on the ship’s first patrol with Combined Task Force 150. The training focused primarily on boarding […]

  • 26 February 2016
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    Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans has rescued two men trapped on a sinking vessel in the Gulf of Oman. Whilst carrying out maritime security operations the frigate was contacted by an Omani Air Force surveillance aircraft and asked to respond to a stricken dhow in the Gulf of Oman. The aircraft had spotted that the […]

  • 27 January 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On January 18, less than two weeks after its first drug bust of 2020, French frigate Courbet (F 712) made the second drug bust while operating in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). As informed, over 3,000 kg of hashish was discovered on the dhow in the Gulf of Oman, with an […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 13 April 2015
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    The French Navy has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions after conducting a handover ceremony with Canadian Navy personnel. Capitain René-Jean Crignola of the French Navy assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Royal Canadian Navy on April […]

  • 6 December 2018
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    The Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF) handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF150 to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in a change of command ceremony at the CMF headquarters in Bahrain on December 6. Commodore Darren Garnier RCN took command from Commodore Al-Shahrani RSNF. The ceremony was presided over by Commodore Steve Dainton […]

  • 23 March 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On March 19, 2020, Royal Australian Navy handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to a combined French/United Kingdom team. At a ceremony in Bahrain, the team led by French Marine Nationale Captain Jacques Rivière assumed command of CTF 150 from Australian Commodore (CDRE) Ray Leggatt. Since Australia assumed command in December 2019 […]

  • 12 May 2016
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    The commander of the international Combined Task Force 151 (CTF) Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, visited CTF 151 units from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). Radm Cheong, of the Republic of Singapore Navy, visited Japanese destroyers JS Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri while they were in Oman. In attendance were Commander, Escort Division Seven, Captain Takashi […]

  • 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 […]

  • 13 April 2016
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    The Royal Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 after conducting a handover ceremony with the Royal Australian Navy held in Bahrain. Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy assumed command of CTF150 from Commodore Jaimie Hatcher of the Royal Australian Navy. Commodore Robinson will lead a team comprising personnel from the […]

  • 9 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Combined Maritime Task Force 151 (CTF151) recently took part in Counter Piracy training operations with the Operation Atalanta flagship ITS Carabiniere in the Gulf of Aden. Pakistan Naval ship PNS Saif and Republic of Korea ship ROK Choi Young joined the Italian frigate to conduct counter piracy training operations in order to strengthen working relationships. The ships worked […]

  • 27 June 2016
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 19 November 2015
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    In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France sent its carrier strike group — GAN, with the nuclear-powered FS Charles de Gaulle as flagship to the Middle East for the second time this year. This deployment is part of a mission called Arromanches 2 and represents the eighth deployment of the French carrier strike […]

  • 30 November 2017
    Training & Education

    Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EU NAVFOR Task Forces have conducted exercises off the coast of Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of ongoing cooperation and partnership work in the region. CMF’s Task Force CTF 150 has a mandate to deny the free use of the high seas to networks supporting terrorism in […]

  • 12 June 2017
    Authorities

    Piracy hotspots in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb strait will see an increased presence of warships following the recent uptick in pirate attacks, international naval organization Combined Maritime Forces announced. The organization noted that the decision was made in reaction to increasing threats in the important maritime region. In addition to several attempts at piracy, […]

  • 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 […]