Australian Navy’s Lieutenant Commander Kellie Bolt, who is deployed with the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU, recently mentored members of the Mauritius Coast Guard during the annual multinational Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS.
The United States Africa Command sponsored exercise increases East African and Indian Ocean nations’ capabilities to counter illegal sea-based activities.
Lieutenant Commander Bolt and six Royal Canadian Navy members deployed to Maritime Operation Centres and Regional Coordination Centres in Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius.
Lieutenant Commander Bolt said:
Our role was to monitor and provide advice on how to improve the interoperability and information sharing between regional Maritime Operations Centres and Regional Coordination Centres.
Combined Task Force 150 also deployed Royal Canadian Navy boarding specialists to Port Louis, Mauritius, to improve the participating naval and security forces’ in boarding techniques.
Seven Royal Australian Navy members are integrated with 24 Canadian staff at the Combined Maritime Forces headquarters in Manama, Bahrain to command the current Combined Task Force 150 until April 2015.
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