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.

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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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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.


TCG Gemlik in Seychelles.

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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 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:

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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.

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Bravo to TCG Gemlik.

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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.

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

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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.


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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

Turkish Warship Protects Aid Ship

M/V Dadalı escorted by F-492 TCG Gemlik. Photo: Turkish General Staff.

Two warships of Turkish Navy escorted the merchant ship M/V Dadalı during her voyage to Mogadishu.

M/V Dadalı chartered by Turkish Red Crescent was carrying humanitarian aid to Somalia. According to the photo published by Turkish General Staff most of visible cargo on board of the merchant ship consists of various types of trucks.

During the first part of the 3030 miles and 19 says long trip from Mersin, Turkey to Alexandria Egypt, the merchant ship was escorted by the corvette F-500 TCG Bozcada. The Gabya class frigate F-492 TCG Gemlik took over the escort duty in the Red Sea to the final destination of M/V Dadalı in Mogadishu, Somalia.


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.

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