CTF 151 commander visits Japanese destroyers

Rear Admiral Cheong presents CCD7 Captain Inoue a token of appreciation. Photo: Combined Maritime Forces

The commander of the international Combined Task Force 151 (CTF) Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, visited CTF 151 units from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

Radm Cheong, of the Republic of Singapore Navy, visited Japanese destroyers JS Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri while they were in Oman.

In attendance were Commander, Escort Division Seven, Captain Takashi Inoue, the Commanding Officer of JS Yuudachi, Commander Tomoya Baba, and the Commanding Officer of JS Yuugiri, Commander Tomoyuki Sase.

Radm Cheong and Captain Inoue discussed the importance of building an accurate counter-piracy picture in the Gulf of Aden. Both Commanders agreed that it is essential for all units and adjacent task forces to share their information to create the most up to date intelligence picture. In addition, the commanders also agreed to increase cooperation and coordination in areas such as Replenishment at Sea and stores transfers.

Part of the Combined Maritime Forces, CTF 151 was established in 2009 and is focused on the disruption of piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment. It also engages with regional and other partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities in order to secure freedom of navigation and protect global maritime commerce.

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