Piracy off Somalia: First Attack in Seven Months

May 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between 21 and 23 April, a group of pirates attacked two Korean and Spanish fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia , before being apprehended as part of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. This is the first piracy incident around the Horn of Africa since October 2018. On April 19, 5 pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow. Two days later, the pirates attacked 2 fishing vessels with skiffs, using the dhow as the mother boat. EU NAVFOR immediately responded by sending air and naval units to…

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Strengthening Naval Partnerships in the Middle East

By Lt Linda Coleman RCN CTF 150 Public Affairs Officer February 14, 2019 – Rear-Admiral Craig Baines RCN, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Maritime Component Command, visited Manama, Bahrain from January 14-15, 2019, for a series of key leadership engagements, and to visit Commodore Darren Garnier and the Canada-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 team responsible for counter-terrorism and deterring illicit maritime activities in the Western Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern waters. RAdm Baines’ first meeting with Vice-Admiral James Malloy, United States Navy, Commander Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), enabled discussions…

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Despite no Ships, Canada Takes Command of CTF 150

December 6, 2018 – The Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF) today handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF150 to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) after conducting a change of command ceremony at the CMF headquarters in Bahrain. Commodore Darren Garnier RCN took command from Commodore Al-Shahrani RSNF. The ceremony was presided over by Commodore Steve Dainton Royal Navy, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces. This is the third time that Canada have taken command of CTF150. Both the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force provide military…

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