Coalition Ship Assists Mariners in Gulf of Aden

Story Number: NNS090726-05Release Date: 7/26/2009 8:50:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric L.Beauregard, Combined Task Force 151 Combat Camera

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- The Pakistani naval ship (PNS) Badr, operating as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, recently came to the assistance of Merchant Vessel (M/V) Antisana Jorf after the vessel reported engine problems in the Gulf of Aden.

Knowing that a slow speed would make the Norwegian-flagged M/VAntisana Jorf susceptible to pirate attack, CTF 151 dispatched PNS Badr to render assistance to the motor vessel and provide security as the vessel attempted to transit towards the nearest port in Aden, Yemen.

Badr escorted the distressed vessel for approximately 36 hours, assuring the vessel safe passage to Yemeni territorial waters. CTF-151 contacted the Yemeni Coast Guard to rendezvous with the vessel once it reached Yemeni territorial waters to further assist its arrival to Aden for repair.

"As professional sailors, we are all out here ultimately for the same reason," said Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener, commander, CTF 151. "We want to ensure safety and security in the region for all those who sail in the area."

The coordination between CTF 151 and the Yemeni Coast Guard demonstrates the importance of multinational efforts off the Coast of Somalia. This incident also highlights the increased level of cooperation with coalition forces in the area.

CTF 151 is a Turkish-led multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations under a mission-based mandate throughout the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) area of responsibility to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.

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