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Combined Task Force 151 or CTF-151 or Combined Task Force One Five One is a multinational naval task force, set up in 2009 as a response to piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off the eastern coast of Somalia. Its mission is to disrupt piracy and armed robbery at sea and to engage with regional and other partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities in order to protect global maritime commerce and secure freedom of navigation. It operates in conjunction with the EU's Operation Atalanta and NATO's Operation Ocean Shield.

As of September 2013 the task force consists of six ships from Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA under the command of Commodore Jeremy Blunden RN based on RFA Fort Victoria.[1] Pirate attacks in the area have declined from "over 170" in 2010 to "a handful" in 2013.[1]


Between 2002 and 2004, a first naval coalition in charge of fighting terrorism in the area was dubbed Task Force 151.

On January 8, 2009, at the United States Fifth Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, 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.[2] The USS San Antonio (LPD-17) 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, USS Mahan (DDG-72), and HMS Portland (F79), with additional warships expected to join this force.[7] Twenty countries were expected to contribute to the force, including Republic of Korea, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, all of which have already pledged participation.[8]

On April 5, 2009, United States Rear Admiral Michelle J. Howard, assumed command of CTF-151 and Expeditionary Strike Group 2.[9] On the 29 May, the Australian Government pledged its support, re-tasking the frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152) from duties in the Persian Gulf to the task force, as well as pledging Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.[10]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Royal Navy takes charge of pirate-hunting force". Royal Navy. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. "New Counter-Piracy Task Force Established". Navy NewsStand. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hilley, MC1 Monique K. (2009-01-20). "Navy, CG Training to Combat Piracy". Navy News. Military Advantage. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Goodwin, Brian (2009-01-19). "San Antonio Key to Counterpiracy Mission". Defence Professional. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  5. Mills, Cpl Jason D. (2009-01-09). "Skids Fly to San Antonio". Marine Corps News. Military Advantage. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  6. Gibbons, Timothy J. (2009-01-28). "San Navy helicopter squadron helps fight pirates". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  7. Viscusi, Gregory (2009-01-27). "Pirate Attacks Cut Dramatically by Navies, U.S. Admiral Says". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  8. "US to lead new anti-pirate force". BBC News. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  9. Lt. John Fage (April 5, 2009). "Admiral Howard Takes Command of ESG-2 and CTF 151". Release #057-09. U.S Fifth Fleet. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  10. McPhedran, Ian (2009-05-29). "Navy warship and RAAF spy planes join fight against Somali pirates". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. 

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