>Turkey handed over the Command of CTF-151
17 Aug 2009 1 Comment
>Turkey has handed over the command of CTF-151 to USA.
Since 4th May 2009 Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener, was commanding this international task force.
US Navy 5th Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral William E Gortney said the task force, since its creation in January, has encountered 496 pirates; 251 of whom were disarmed and released, 235 of whom were disarmed and turned over for prosecution, and 10 who were killed.
‘The pirates’ ability to carry out attacks has been further impacted by the seizure or destruction of 40 pirate vessels, and the confiscation of the their tools of the trade, including 199 small arms, 41 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 85 RPG projectiles, 13 GPS devices and 34 phones,’ Gortney said.
I will write my detailed thoughts about Turkish contribution to CTF-151, soon separately.