Multinational Counterpiracy Meeting Held in Bahrain

Story Number: NNS090813-03Release Date: 8/13/2009 3:42:00 PM
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By Lt. Iain Jones Royal Navy, Public Affairs, Combined Maritime Forces

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- A meeting of the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) group was held in Bahrain Aug. 11.

The meeting, attended by 23 nations including China, Russia, India, Egypt and members of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), NATO, the European Union (EU), United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation, Maritime Liaison Office and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners representing industry, resulted in a number of agreements which will help coordinate efforts of the international community to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Chaired jointly by CMF and the EU, this meeting provided a working-level opportunity for nations and organizations to come together to ensure the effective coordination and deconfliction of military resources and counterpiracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.

"These meetings are critical to the effective use of all counterpiracy efforts in the region," said Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, deputy commander, CMF. "With the weather improving in the area, attacks on shipping are expected to increase, but as a result of today's and previous meetings the multinational forces will be better prepared to deter and disrupt acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia."

As more nations deploy maritime forces to the region, working-level meetings like SHADE serve as a forum for the sharing of lessons learned and best practices among all naval forces providing support to counterpiracy operations.

"Expectations are high, and the contribution of all forces is vital to the mission," said Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener.

Counterpiracy operations are conducted by a multinational task force under a mission-based mandate throughout a 1.1 million square-mile area in the Gulf of Aden and off the eastern coast of Somalia.

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