The Turkish Navy Hits Its Halfway Mark in Command

 In Sea, Spain, Forces & Capabilities, N11

As the Turkish-led com­mand of CTF 151 reach­es its halfway point, we take a look back at the suc­cess­es and achieve­ments of the anti-piracy task force.

With sev­er­al weeks of plan­ning coming to fruition, we’ve seen the Turkish-led task force’s first Focused Operation to deter piracy, FO Shamal, took place in the Gulf of Aden along­side naval part­ners includ­ing Pakistan, the Republic of Korea and Spain.

The Pakistan and Republic of Korea navies both supported CTF 151’s Focused Operation Shamal

Operations aside, engag­ing with region­al and inter­na­tion­al part­ners remains cru­cial to CTF 151’s mis­sion to deter piracy in the region. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir, Commander of CTF 151, has held many meet­ings with the heads of Navies and Coastguards in Djibouti and Oman and liaised with organ­i­sa­tions such as the UKMTO, based in Dubai.

RADM Inanir, Commander of CTF151 discusses further cooperation and combined operations with RADM Al Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman.

At this time of year, the sea state in the Gulf of Aden nor­mal­ly sub­sides to con­di­tions more favourable for small craft, such as the skiffs used by pirates, enabling them to oper­ate again. The ground­work laid by CTF 151 means that their forces are aligned and pre­pared to con­tin­ue to sup­press and deter such activ­i­ty.

As with any oper­a­tional head­quar­ters, there have also been some changes in per­son­nel within CTF 151 during their three-month tenure so far. This has allowed per­son­nel from a number of navies to learn, devel­op and share their expe­ri­ences of work­ing in a multi-nation­al naval coali­tion.

“Building the capac­i­ty of our part­ner nations is a fun­da­men­tal part of CTF 151,” said Captain Murtaza Durmazacur, Chief of Staff. “CTF 151 gives per­son­nel the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from work­ing in an oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment – skills which they can take back to their homes.”

Lieutenant Commander Guy Wadge of the Royal Navy has recent­ly joined CTF 151. “It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing head­quar­ters to work in,” he said. “With per­son­nel from over 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, it’s a really great oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from people with dif­fer­ent back­grounds, cul­tures and lan­guages.”

“I’d rec­om­mend a job in any of the CTFs to anyone eli­gi­ble,” he added.

Combined Maritime Forces source|articles

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