COUNTER-PIRACY TASK FORCE MEETS WITH NATO

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) Rear Admiral (RDML) Oğuz Karaman of the Turkish Navy met with his NATO Combined Task Force 508 (CTF 508) counterpart Commodore Ben Bekkering for the first time, during his visit to NATO flagship HNLMS Rotterdam on 16 November 2012.

Tight patrolling schedules had prevented the pair from meeting until the final month of their Command periods, but it was a visit that reinforced the importance of their presence in countering piracy and gave both sides the opportunity to discuss key aspects of their respective missions. RDML Karaman said:

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oğuz Karaman (standing, left) and Lieutenant Commander Guray Cerman (standing, right) from the Turkish Navy stop by a meeting with local Somali leaders at the NATO CTF 508 Medical Capability facility during their cross-deck to HNLMS Rotterdam to meet with Commander CTF 508 Commodore Ben Bekkering form the Royal Netherlands…

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