May 14, 2018 Navies test interoperability in Gulf of Aden Back to overview,Home naval-today Navies test interoperability in Gulf of Aden Share this article View post tag: CMF As part of the mission to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have conducted a large-scale Focused Operation in conjunction with the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).The operation, known as Three Arrows, started on May 1, 2018, with warships from Japan, Spain and Italy working together along with military aircraft from Germany, Spain, Japan and the UK overhead.Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 led the operation on behalf of CMF, with the Japanese destroyer JMSDF Akebono at the center of the operation.“CTF 151 are delighted with the success of Focused Operation Three Arrows; it has allowed us to reassure all who use the Gulf of Aden, as well as gain valuable knowledge about local maritime activity. This will enable us to identify suspicious activity early and to maintain the suppression of piracy in the area,” Rear Admiral Daisuke Kajimoto, Commander of CTF 151, said.The various warships approached dhows and fishing boats, exchanging things like water, caps and first aid kits while gaining vital information about vessel movements and the crew’s observations. This has allowed CMF to build up an accurate picture of the patterns of life in the Gulf of Aden, which will ultimately allow CMF to better deter piracy and smuggling in the future.The Djibouti Navy also took part in the operation, with three radar sites sharing radar contacts and AIS information while broadcasting VHF messages to inform merchant shipping and pleasure craft of the presence of warships in the area and to request reports on any suspicious activity.The Indian Navy warship INS Sunayna is also currently operating in the Gulf of Aden, acting as an escort in the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC). The warship cooperated with the operation by relaying the same maritime awareness broadcasts on an hourly basis.Commenting on the participation of the Spanish and Italian warships, spokesperson EU NAVFOR, Lt Col Dave Fielder said: “We work 24/7/365 in our baseline counter piracy role with a focus on the brown waters of the Somalian coast, this compliments our partners in CTF151 who also conduct counter-piracy work. We’ve been doing this together for many years and we are comfortable partners. Our recent work together is part of the ongoing commitment to the region to address piracy and wider maritime security issues.”While there have been no piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden this year, the threat remains and the significant presence of multiple warships in the area, all communicating together and dominating the VHF channels, undoubtedly acted as a deterrent, according to CMF. View post tag: combined maritime forces Authorities
Share this article Photo: Illustration; Philippine Navy ships underway during Sama Sama 2018. Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy View post tag: JMSDF View post tag: Sama Sama View post tag: Philippine Navy The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has joined the US and Philippine Navy for Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama, an exercise that started with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa on October 14.This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama and the first time JMSDF will participate, alongside US and Philippine naval counterparts.The exercise will consist of both shore-based and at-sea activities designed to allow participating navies to undertake complex maritime training utilizing diverse naval platforms and operating areas.US Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation for the US Navy in Southeast Asia, said that Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama demonstrated an evolution toward multilateral training and networked security.“We are strongest when we sail together,” said Tynch. “MTA Sama Sama gives us a great chance to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, partners, and allies, the Philippine Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. We train together, so that together we can face threats to maritime security.”Shore phase events will include a series of subject matter expert exchanges on a range of naval capabilities, including maritime domain awareness, force protection, medical care, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, explosive ordnance disposal, dive and salvage operations, engineering, aviation, and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations.The at-sea phase will include VBSS drills, division tactics, a search and rescue exercise, helicopter deck landing qualifications, anti-air and surface warfare tracking, and vessel of interest tracking.Participating US Navy assets include the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), the Safeguard-class salvage ship USNS Salvor (ARS 52), the Legend-class cutter USCG Stratton (VMSL 752) and a P-8A Poseidon aircraft.Montgomery, an Independence-variant littoral combat ship on a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations, is the first LCS to deploy to Singapore since late 2017.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled that LaLiga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval.The first three round of matches for the 2019/20 season had already been scheduled by LaLiga, with Athletic Bilbao hosting champions Barcelona in the season opener on Friday, 16 August.But the RFEF’s competition judge has now rescheduled those fixtures. “Spanish football fans do not want games on these days,” the RFEF said.“Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games.”In February, Alaves supporters held a mock funeral during their La Liga win over Levante in protest at the match being switched to Monday night for live TV coverage.La Liga said the ruling threatens their 2bn euro broadcast deals and a court hearing has been set for 7 August.Changes made by the RFEF mean the season will now open with Athletic-Barcelona a day later than originally planned, on Saturday, 17 August, with all other fixtures scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.“With this illegal conduct RFEF officials are generating confusion in the national and international broadcast space, which accounts for 2bn euros in annual rights income for La Liga,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas.“These officials have no idea of the consequences of their irresponsible acts. This has no purpose, nothing will change, this only creates confusion, which is the only thing they know how to do.”This is the latest in a long-running row between the two organisations.They clashed over La Liga’s failed bid to play Girona’s home league game against Barcelona in Miami in January, after the RFEF did not give approval for the game.La Liga called the RFEF’s move “an attack” and said it is “the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition”.It claims the judge’s ruling changes nothing and “the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played”.The RFEF said the judge made the ruling “due to the incompatibilities detected between the approved calendar and the days and established schedules”.In a statement after Friday’s ruling, the RFEF claimed responsibility for setting the days of the fixtures.“Setting the schedules is a competency of the League, while the days are of the RFEF,” it said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram