USS Mahan Counterpiracy Ops

Thursday, January 29, 2009

As part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) is cooperating with approximately 14 nations also operating in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

CTF 151, a counterpiracy task force, was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment.

“In our first two weeks on patrol, we have coordinated and deconflicted our efforts with a host of other navies,” said Cmdr. Steve Murphy, commanding officer of Mahan. “Though we sail under different flags and command arrangements, we share a common goal of promoting maritime security in the region.
“Under the guidance of CTF 151, we are sharing information and applying lessons learned, and in my estimation, we are making a difference.”

Naval ships and assets from more than 20 nations have been invited to join CTF 151. Working with coalition navies on matters threatening maritime security and stability is at the heart of the U.S. sea services’ maritime strategy, known as “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power.”

The maritime strategy outlines the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s six core capabilities, many of which Mahan is employing during this current counterpiracy mission. Those capabilities include: forward presence, deterrence, maritime security, sea power, power projection, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The maritime strategy states that threats to maritime security, such as piracy, require international cooperation.

“Piracy is a pernicious problem that has been going on in this region for quite some time,” said Murphy. “We understand that our efforts alone cannot guarantee safety in the region. It is a broad international effort and includes promising actions taken by the commercial shipping industry to protect themselves and ongoing efforts to establish stability ashore.”

In August, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), headquartered in Bahrain, created the maritime security patrol area (MSPA) in the Gulf of Aden to support international efforts to combat piracy. This helps channel the shipping activity and maximizes the efforts of the combined naval activity, concentrating global navies’ counterpiracy activities within a specific maritime corridor.

“As part of CTF 151, Mahan’s mission is to safeguard the free flow of commerce by deterring and disrupting piracy,” said Murphy. “The officers and crew of Mahan are well trained, and they are dedicated to providing maritime safety and security as part of a broad international effort.” Mahan, a multimission platform, helps set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment by monitoring maritime traffic, performing routine queries of vessels and conducting visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Russian Warship made 'unprofessional' Maneuver-U.S. Official

A Russian warship carried out "unprofessional" maritime operations in close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Defense official said on Friday.

Swiftships to Procure Patrol Craft Kits for Egyptian Navy

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awards contract to Swiftships for four 28-meter KITs for the Egyptian Navy   On June 28, 2016 Louisiana-based Swiftships, LLC,

Ingalls to Build US Warship LH8

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been selected to build the U.S. Navy’s next large-deck amphibious assault warship, LHA 8.

Maritime Security

Russian Warship made 'unprofessional' Maneuver-U.S. Official

A Russian warship carried out "unprofessional" maritime operations in close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Defense official said on Friday.

Maritime Piracy: More "sophisticated and prevalent” around Gulf of Guinea

While the matter of maritime piracy has seemingly subdued from its high profile peaks of a few years ago, Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club,

US Provides $100 Mln in Port Security Grants

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced final allocations of $275 million for six fiscal year 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) competitive preparedness grant programs,

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0778 sec (13 req/sec)