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Combined Task Force 151 or CTF-151 or Combined Task Force One Five One is an international naval task force, set up in response to piracy attacks in shipping lanes off the coast of Somaliamarker.

Formation

Between 2002 and 2004, a first naval coalition in charge of fighting terrorism in the area was dubbed Task Force 151. It was merged in 2004 with Task Force 150, which is still active.

On January 8, 2009, at the United States Fifth Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrainmarker, Vice Admiral William E. Gortney, USN, announced the formation of CTF-151 to combat the piracy threat off Somalia, with Rear Admiral Terence E. McKnight in command. The was designated as the first flagship of Combined Task Force 151, serving as an afloat forward staging base (AFSB) for the following force elements:



Initially, CTF-151 consisted of the San Antonio, , and , with additional warships expected to join this force. Twenty countries were expected to contribute to the force, including Canadamarker, Denmarkmarker, Francemarker, the Netherlandsmarker, Pakistanmarker, Singaporemarker, and the United Kingdommarker, all of which have already pledged participation.

South Korea has contributed to CTF 151 with the Cheonghae Unit, which has assumed its duties on March 3, 2009.

On April 5, 2009, Rear Adm. Michelle J. Howard, U.S.Navy, assumed command of CTF-151 and Expeditionary Strike Group 2. On the 29 May, the Australian Government pledged its support, re-tasking Australian Warship HMAS Warramunga from duties in the Persian Gulfmarker to the taskforce.

Commanders



Flagships

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See also



References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7817611.stm
  2. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25554700-421,00.html


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