CTF 151 Visits with Turkey's Chief of Navy, Highlights Cooperation

Story Number: NNS090315-04Release Date: 3/15/2009 4:26:00 PM
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By Lt. John Fage, Combined Task Force 151 Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- The commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, visited the Turkish chief of Navy March 11 aboard the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun (F-491).

"Turkey is an important member of the coalition mission here in the Gulf of Aden," said Commander CTF 151 Rear Adm. Terence McKnight, who met with Turkish Chief of Navy Adm. Metin Atac.

"Having the opportunity to sit down and share views on
counterpiracy with Adm. Atac was an invaluable experience. The cooperation between our nation and theirs will certainly pay big dividends."

McKnight's visit underscored the importance of cooperation with coalition partners in combating piracy in the region and ensuring the uninterrupted
flow of goods and commerce.

"I think our visit today highlights the fact that piracy is an international problem that requires an international answer," said McKnight. "It's not
just the U.S. or Turkey that's affected by piracy, it's the whole world."

During his first visit to CTF 151, Atac expressed his gratitude for the support of the task force and the coordination between the task force and other coalition forces during counterpiracy operations.

The newest member of CTF 151, Turkey joins a maritime environment boasting ships from more than 20 nations conducting counterpiracy operations in and
around the Gulf of Aden. CTF 151 is a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf
of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. CTF 151 was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

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