TCG Göksu Joins CTF-151

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The Turkish Navy announced that, the Gabya class Frigate F-497 TCG Göksu will take part in Joint Task Force-151 (CTF-151) between 6 June and 6 December 2013.

On 6 June 2013, on board of TCG Göksu was command hand over ceremony of CTF-151. Real Admiral Muhammad Ihsan Qadir from Pakistani Navy, replaced Read Admiral Giam Hock Koon from Singapore Navy.

TCG Göksu will serve as the flagship for Real Admiral Muhammad Ihsan Qadir in the next 3 months.

 

 

Pakistan To Assume The Command of CTF-151

Today, on 13th December 2012, Turkish Navy will formally hand over the command of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) which is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

Turkey took the command of the CTF-151 in September from South Korea and the task force will be commanded by Pakistan between December and March.

F-492 TCG Gemlik is the retiring flagship of the task force.

Turkey Will Command CTF-151 For The Fourth Time

Turkish Navy announced that it will take the helm of Combined Task Force-151 between 19 September and 13 December 2012. The Turkish frigate F-492 TCG Gemlik will act as the flagship.

There will be a hand-over ceremony on board of the current DDH-978 ROKS Wang Geon on 19th September 2012 in Manama, Bahrain.

Previously Turkish Navy led the CTF-151:

  • May – August 2009
  • September – December 2010
  • September – December 2011

TCG Gemlik Departed To Join CTF-151

TCG Gemlik departing. Official Turkish Navy photo.

F-492 TCG Gemlik a Gabya class frigate, left her home port Aksaz, Marmaris today for a six month deployment in the Gulf of Aden.

According to the official statement made by Turkish Navy, TCG Gemlik will stay in the region till December 2012 and participate in anti piracy efforts with the Combined Task Force-CTF-151.

One S-70B Seahawk helicopter and two naval special forces teams are embarked on board.

It is also stated that a Turkish Admiral will take the command of this multinational task force between September and December 2012. This will be third time that a Turkish Admiral commands the CTF-151. Previously, Turkish Navy did led the CTF-151 between  5 May -13 August 2009 and between 1 September -29 November 2010.

I wish TCG Gemlik calm seas and following winds.

TCG Giresun Hosts The Commander Of CTF-151

The commander of two counter piracy task forces CTF-151 and TF-508 (NATO SNMG-2) met to discuss joint operations and coordination between these two task forces.

Currently Turkish Navy has the command on the SNMG-2. More over  Turkish Navy did led the CTF-151 twice 5 May -13 August 2009 and 1 September -29 November 2010.

Commodore Aage Buur Jensen Danish Royal Navy, Commander, Combined Task Force 151 (counter piracy) met with his NATO colleague, Rear Admiral Siman A. Tosun, Commander, Task Force 508, during counter-piracy patrols at sea.

 The meeting took place on board the Turkish frigate F-491 TCG Giresun on 20th January 2012. 

The two task force commanders discussed the need for continuing mutual assistance and resource allocation, as well as sharing knowledge and experience, in order to augment the international counter-piracy effort.

CTF 151 is currently embarked on USS HALSEY which recently assumed the role of the CTF 151 flagship for Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy and his multi-national CTF 151 command staff Jan. 13. CTF 151 transferred command from the Pakistani Navy who was stationed aboard the USS KIDD (DDG 100).

CTF 151 is one of three Task Forces assigned to Combined Maritime Forces. Established in February 2002 the Task Force’s key mission is to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin , Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. It protects and defends the legitimate use of the ocean by fisherman and merchants and stands ready to assist any mariner in distress.

>International Staff Of CTF-151

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RADM Ertuğrul, the previous commander of CTF-151
and his flag staff

This is from the US 5th Fleet CMF web site and show the international nature of the anti piracy forces very well.

For the past three months the Turkish Navy was at the helm of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), the multi-national counter-piracy mission of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).


A small but dedicated team of international naval personnel was embarked aboard the flagship TCG Gaziantep to join task force commander Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul and his command staff, the majority of whom were drawn from the Turkish Navy, with the more senior officers having attended the prestigious naval college in Istanbul.

“The flag staff are essentially a floating headquarters,” said Captain Rafet Oktar, the CTF-151 Chief of Staff charged with bringing together the various command and control functions. “We coordinate the various elements of the task force such as ships and aircraft, we plan current and future operations and we provide specialist advice to the Commander.”

RADM Ertugrul said “I was proud to lead an international staff, at the head of an international task force, patrolling international waters. CTF-151 is effective as a force for good in the region precisely because of our mutual understanding, cooperation and shared commitment to tackling the serious problem of piracy.

“My international staff added to the diversity of my command team through the backgrounds, experience and abilities they each brought with them. In turn, it was also an opportunity them to hone their skills further through cooperation with my Turkish staff.”

Click here for the whole text.

Obviously Turkish Navy is benefiting from taking part in anti piracy operations in many ways:

  • First and foremost Turkish Navy is offering protection and comfort to the Turkish ships and crews passing through the regions.
  • Turkish Navy is gaining know-how on commanding multinational staffed task forces that operate away from the home waters in.
  • Turkish Navy is fulfilling its share in international naval operations thus showing other nations that it is a serious partner in such cases and developing bilateral cooperation.

>Pakistan Assumes Command Of CTF-151

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Photo from CMF

Today, with a ceremony on board of Royal Navy warship HMS Cornwall in UAE, Pakistan Navy Cdre. Abdul Aleem assumed the command of CTF-151, from Turkish Navy Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul.

This is the first time that Pakistan will lead CTF-151. Pakistan regularly contributes warships to CTF-150 and assumed the command of that task force several times.

“Given the importance of this region to international trade and the world economy, it could be argued that the problem of piracy has the potential to affect every individual on the planet,” said Rear Adm. Ertugrul, reflecting on his three months in command. Consequently, during my period of command it has been clear to me that international cooperation must underpin everything we do.

Ertuğrul stressed the constant awareness joint Naval forces must have to continue to be successful in their counterpiracy mission.

“Those who seek to commit piracy at sea have shown themselves to be resourceful and flexible, modifying their behavior as we frustrate their tactics,” he said. “Naval forces must therefore remain astute and adaptable. However, the pirates should know this — we are here to stay as long as is necessary.”

Currently, Australia, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, the U.K. and U.S.
have warships in CFT-151.

>Pakistan to Command CTF-151

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TCG Gaziantep, escorting M/V Front Alfa (U.S. Navy photo)

Turkey will transfer the command of CTF-151 to Pakistan on 29 November 2010.

There will be a ceremony on board F-99 HMS Cornwall at Fujairah Port, UAE.

Currently CTF-151 is commanded by vice Admiral Sinan Ertuğrul and his flagship is F-490 TCG Gaziantep

UPDATE: I would appreciate any information about the Pakistani warship that will take part in CTF-151 and will serve as the flagship.

>TCG Gaziantep Replaced TCG Gökçeada As Flagship of CTF-151

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According to Turkish Navy website F-494 TCG Gökçeada was replaced with F-490 TCG Gaziantep.
TCG Gaziantep will serve as the flagship of Read Admiral Sinan Ertuğrul, the commander of CTF-151 until 1 December 2010. This is the second deployment of TCG Gaziantep to the region.
TCG Gökçeada ran aground 20 day ago at Mombasa, Kenya. Although there has been no official information available neither from Turkish General Staff nor from Turkish Navy, the damage the frigate has received forced her withdrawal from the duty.
It is a shame that we have to learn such information from haters of my country who are drooling with schadenfreude. 

>CTF-151 Frees Ship From Pirates

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USS Dubuque on the left and TCG Gökçeada
 on background of Magellan Star

This week’s most important naval news is the recapturing of the Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel M/V Magellan Star by US Marines.

On 8th September, when the pirates aborded the ship, the crew escaped to a citadel inside the ship and called for help. The CTF-151 flagship, F-494 TCG Gökçeada, was the first ship on scene, responding to the distress call. Two additional US warships assigned to CTF-151, LPD-8 USS Dubuque and CG-59 USS Princeton were send to assist.

Although TCG Gökçeada was the first ship to arrive, it was the US Marines on board of USS Dubuque who took the Magellan Star by force. There is an excellent point of view report from one of the marines who took part in the action. In the small hours of 9th September, when US Marines boarded, the crew of M/V Magellan Star was still inside the citadel and the 9 armed pirates did not fight back, that was a clever move of them.

Afterwards, the commander of CTF-151, Rear Admiral Sinan Ertuğrul said:

“units from the multi-national maritime force, under Combined Task Force 151, are actively engaged in anti-piracy operations. This regional problem, truly, has global impact and we are completely committed to bringing the disruptive acts of piracy to an end. We have full support of the international community and will continue to do everything possible to bring security to the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.”

Click here for the official statment.

A special forces team is always embarked on board of Turkish warships send to the region. On the official statement of Turkish Navy it was not clearly mentioned whether there is a special forces team currently on the board of TCG Gökçeada. If there is one I wonder why they have not taken actively part in the rescue operation.

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