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Counterpiracy Task Force Flagship Hosts Yemen Sea Service Officers

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Story Number: NNS090922-21
Release Date: 9/22/2009 3:44:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

USS ANZIO, At Sea (NNS) -- Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) hosted senior members from Yemeni maritime forces aboard the CTF 151 flagship this week.

The event, hosted by Commander CTF 151, Rear Adm. Scott E. Sanders, and Capt. Frank J. Olmo, Anzio's commanding officer, promoted cooperation between the Yemeni Navy, Yemeni Coast Guard and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

Aden District Commander Yemen Coast Guard Col. Loft Al Barati and Aden District Commander Yemen Navy Brigadier Radman Shamsan were flown to Anzio by one of the ship's SH-60 Seahawk helicopters for a two hour visit.

"Cooperation with the maritime forces in the surrounding countries is critical to the long-term success of our mission," said Sanders. "Having this opportunity to discuss our counterpiracy operation with senior officers from both the Yemen Navy and Coast Guard is a significant step towards stopping piracy."

When the Yemeni officers arrived aboard, they received a brief on CTF 151 ship operations in the region.

"We are able to gain a greater understanding of the usual pattern of life in the Gulf of Aden by speaking to those who see it every day. Only by working together will we win our fight against piracy", said Yemen Coast Guard Cmdr. Lofta Al Barati.

Yemeni officers were also given a tour of Anzio's medical center, a facility with an Expeditionary Resuscitation Surgical System. The surgical team aboard Anzio is capable of dealing with many severe injuries, and the team demonstrated their response to an injury while the Yemeni officers were aboard.

CTF 151 is a multinational task force established in January 2009 by the CMF headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, to conduct counterpiracy operations under a mission-based mandate to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, to protect global maritime security and to secure the freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.

"The turning point has been the willingness by merchant mariners to defend themselves, by the prudent defensive measures that many have adopted," said Sanders. "CTF 151 is here to work with them and support them every step of the way."

The number of military units assigned to CTF 151 is constantly changing as ships and aircraft from a variety of countries assign units to the task forces. Nations including the United Kingdom, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Singapore and the United States have conducted operations as part of CTF 151.

Piracy off the Horn of Africa is a threat to the security of all nations and requires an international solution. The presence of coalition naval vessels in the region demonstrates our commitment to regional security and stability. To continue to counter and deter piracy successfully, coalition efforts must be complemented by proactive measures by commercial shippers, regional governments and the international community.




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