Singapore takes over counter-piracy maritime task force from Pakistan

April 1st, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, April 1(ANI): The Pakistan Navy has handed over the command of the counter-piracy fleet Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151) to the Singapore Navy after an eventful period of four months.

The change of command took place onboard HMS Cornwall alongside the USS Mason, the command ship for the incoming CTF-151 in Djibouti, the Dawn reports.

According to a Pakistan Navy press release, CTF-151 is a multinational task force operating as Counter Piracy (CP) segment of the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters (HQ CMF) in Bahrain, and conducts counter-piracy operations under the UNSC resolutions to curb piracy in the Gulf of Eden, North Arabian Sea and Somalia Basin.

This vast area hosts a number of sea lanes connecting the east and the west, which contain vital supply routes and can be described as a lifeline for world’s leading economies.

About 33,000 ships pass every year through the Gulf of Aden alone. But, the entire area is threatened by the menace of piracy.

In order to foster regional maritime security, the Pakistan Navy joined the CTF-151, a coalition of naval forces of about 25 countries conducting operations under the umbrella of HQ CMF at Navcent in Bahrain.

The Pakistan Navy has been supporting the CP operations by contributing staff to HQ CMF at NSA Bahrain and Destroyer (DDG) on an alternate basis since 2009.

Apart from fighting piracy, CTF-151 units helped innocent merchantmen in distress in the form of providing logistic, technical and medical support. (ANI)

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