TCG Göksu Returned From Her Anti Piracy Deployment

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Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

On 16 December 2013 after a 7 month deployment, Gabya class frigate, F-497 TCG Göksu returned her home port Gölcük.

She has been in the Gulf Of Aden and Indian Ocean to combat piracy.

Thank you for a job well done and welcome home.

TCG Göksu Escorted Humanitarian Aid Ship To Somalia

TCG Göksu escorted M/V Star Prince to Somalia.

TCG Göksu escorted M/V Star Prince to Somalia.

According to the official webpage of Turkish General Staff, Turkish frigate F-497 TCG Göksu ride shot-gun to Tanzanian flagged merchant ship M/V Star Prince for ten days.

The two ships rendezvoused off the coast of Jedda, Saudi Arabia and traveled together till M/V Star Price arrived its destination: Mogadishu, Somalia. She was carrying humanitarian aid from Turkish Red Crescent.

F-497 TCG Göksu is the current Turkish contribution to the CTF-151 anti-piracy naval task force.

ANZAC Spirit Comes To The Turkish Navy

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The international crew of board of TCG Gemlik as she was the flagship of CTF-151.
Photo: Commonwealth of Australia 2012

This is a text about the cooperation between RAN and Turkish Navy in CTF-151. I have found it on the official page of Department of Defence of Australian Government.

In a first for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), two officers were recently embedded as part of the Command Staff for counter-piracy operations aboard the Turkish Navy Flagship, TCG (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Gemisi) Gemlik, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne from HMAS Albatross and Lieutenant Kelli Lunt from Navy Strategic Command joined a staff of 19 personnel from five nations to support the sea-based Turkish-led Command Headquarters for Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151).

With a focus on deterring piracy around the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and around the Arabian Sea, the two RAN members worked for the Commander CTF151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman of the Turkish Navy, assisting assigned maritime assets to ensure the sea lanes were free from piracy.

For a majority of their mission, CTF151 had experienced substantially lower levels of piracy – due to the effective operations of Coalition forces and independently deployed navies. This deterrent was further enhanced by an increased awareness of merchant vessels that transit the area.

As the Air Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Byrne ensures all aircraft assigned to the various Task Forces in the region provide the best possible watch over key areas.

“Our Coalition of nations operates numerous long-range patrol aircraft flying from a number of air-bases throughout the region, as well as a substantial number of ship-borne helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Lieutenant Commander Byrne said.

“We cover the primary trade route between Europe and Asia so there’s lots of ocean to cover and lots of ships to protect.”

Lieutenant Commander Byrne said the experience of working with such a diverse group on such an important mission had been more than he had expected.

In the role of CTF151 Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Kelli Lunt said the opportunity to use her skills on an operation as well as adapt to the battle rhythm of a coalition environment had been very rewarding.

“I am working in an environment which allows me to generate ideas, contribute to operational planning and provide timely advice to the Commander,” Lieutenant Lunt said.

“Although I have been deployed to the area before, for this rotation I have been far more involved in engaging with regional nations on the counter-piracy mission.”

TCG Gemlik is a Golf (Perry) Class frigate based out of Marmaris on the south-west coast of Turkey. More than 270 personnel have been embarked on Gemlik and deployed since June in support of counter-piracy operations.

Lieutenant Commander Byrne and Lieutenant Lunt remained on the Gemlik until the Change of Command ceremony in mid-December when Pakistan assumed the role.

PAKISTAN NAVY ASSUMES COMMAND OF COMBINED TASK FORCE 151

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The Combined Maritime Forces published a blog entry about the change of command ceremony for the CTF-151.

The ceremony marked the end of Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF-151. Turkish Navy has been an active participant to CTF-151 since its foundation in 2009.

I find the following warning of Rear Admiral Karaman very important:

“There has been significant media reporting suggesting that the war on piracy has been won and we should all go home; however, pirates are determined and constantly modifying their behaviour as we adjust our processes to impede their tactics. It is therefore necessary for us to remain vigilant in our counter-piracy operations.”

Similar words of caution was expressed by other commanders of other anti-piracy task forces. Though it has bitten less recently the danger is still there.

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

Commodore Muhammad Hisham, Pakistan Navy relieved Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman Turkish Navy  as Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 (counter-piracy), during a change of command ceremony onboard TCG Gemlik , Mina Salman, Bahrain, 13 December 2012.

The ceremony concluded the Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF 151, which consisted of a multi-national staff embarked in the flagship TCG Gemlik.

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CTF151 Change of Command, Rear Admiral Karaman Turkish Navy (left) hands over command of CTF151 to Commodore Hisham of the Pakistan Navy (right) overseen by Commander Combined Maritime Forces ,Vice Admiral Miller United States Navy

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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.

CCTF 151 REINFORCES SUPPORT IN SEYCHELLES

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TCG Gemlik in Seychelles.

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oğuz Karaman reinforced the commitment that the Republic of Seychelles have made as a partner nation to Combined Maritime Forces by meeting with Government officials and Defence personnel in Victoria on the Island of Mahé on 23rd November 2012.

The Seychelles became the latest  member of CMF in September 2012. Rear Admiral Karaman took the opportunity during the Turkish Navy flagship TCG Gemlik’s port visit to personally thank Seychelles for their ongoing support to the Seychelles-based Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) and provide an update to the current status of piracy in the region.

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Commander CTF151 Rear Admiral Oquz Karaman Turkish Navy (left) meets Chief of Staff of the Seychelles Peoples Defennce Force, Colonel Clifford Roseline (centre) and Lt Colonel Georges Adeline of the Seychelles Coast Guard.

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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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COMBINED MARITIME FORCES IMPROVE PIRACY AWARENESS

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

A comprehensive counter-piracy operation combining Yemeni and Turkish forces has successfully concluded off the island of Socotra, resulting in vital piracy information gathering.

Three Socotra-based Yemeni Forces personnel operated alongside Turkish Navy personnel in Combined Task Force 151’s (CTF 151) Flagship TCG Gemlik, utilizing their embedded S70-B helicopter for three days collecting data on pirate patterns of life.

Socotra Island Navy Commander Captain Ali Selmin listens to briefing on counter-piracy from members TCG Gemlik boarding team

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COMBINED MARITIME FORCES INTERDICT SUSPECTED PIRATE SHIP

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Bravo to TCG Gemlik.

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

Turkish Navy warship TCG Gemlik, the flagship of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) has successfully interdicted a suspected piracy skiff 400 nautical miles East of Somalia.

TCG Gemlik Flagship of CTF151 intercepts suspected pirate skiff in the Indian Ocean

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COMMANDER CTF 151 HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED MARITIME COMMUNITY SUCCESS AGAINST PIRACY

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This is a reblog from Combined Maritime Forces‘s blog.

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

 

Continued success in deterring pirates will come from combined involvement from the wider maritime community according to the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Oğuz Karaman, from the Turkish Navy.

During flagship TCG Gemlik’s port visit to Muscat, Oman, Rear Admiral Karaman highlighted the importance of involving fishing and merchant vessels in building the most comprehensive battle space picture in order to counter piracy.

Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Karaman meeting Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah Al Raisi Commander Royal Navy of Oman

 

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