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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

Nato and CMF Commanders Meet At Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 dicembre 2011

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On 14th December Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN Commander of NATO’s Counter Piracy Force, hosted the Task Force Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Rear Admiral (UH) Kaleem SHAUKAT SI (Pakistan Navy).
The two Commanders met on board the NATO flagship, TCG GIRESUN, in the Gulf of Aden to discuss matters of mutual concerns such as cooperation in the most effective deployment of ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Rear Admiral TOSUN emphasized the importance of meeting with other actors in the counter piracy missions: “Personal relations have proven one of the keys to success in maritime cooperation. I am very pleased to host Rear Admiral Kaleem SHAUKAT SI on my flagship. It was extremely useful to meet face-to-face and share our thoughts on how to tackle piracy in the most effective way through coordination of the assets we have. As the main actors in this vast area, these kinds of constructive meetings help us to enhance the level of coordination.” Both CMF and NATO are undertaking operations to deter and disrupt piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Due to the huge size of the operating area, counter piracy is a joint and combined effort. Besides CMF, NATO works in partnership with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and independent navies such as China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. As maritime forces and the commercial maritime community have worked together we have seen the pirates’ success rate decrease significantly. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; so far in 2011, only 21 ships have been hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken. This is a tangible result of the work that NATO and its partners have been involved in for the past three years in the region. Pirates should not be under the illusion that the Christmas season is a good time to launch pirate attacks – NATO ships will be patrolling just as they have done throughout the year.


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