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Friday, December 15, 2017

Worldwide – Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Special Warning

A Coalition of nations has responded to repeated calls by the international community, through the United Nations, for action to combat violent international extremism.

 

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) from these nations are joining together to conduct operations in the Middle East region with the aim of maintaining maritime security and combating violent extremism.

 

The Coalition headquarters is in Bahrain, and the CMF routinely conduct operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Northern Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. These areas contain important sea lines of communication and as such are crucial to worldwide trade and economy. The CMF will, where possible, assist mariners in distress and attempt to keep the seas as safe as possible.

 

Coalition operations may include Maritime Awareness Calls, queries, approaches or boarding of vessels on the high seas. Mariners are thanked for ensuring these activities are undertaken as swiftly, and with as little impact on the vessel, as possible.

 

The CMF will routinely monitor the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to promote awareness and safety throughout the region. Improper or inaccurate use of such equipment is likely to draw specific interest to the relevant ship by the CMF.

 

If illicit or unusual activities are observed by mariners in the region, this can be reported to Coalition naval vessels using Channel 16 or via DFMCC (00-973-1781-2952 / e-mail: mail@rewardsforjustice.net . More information can be found at www.cusnc.navy.mil .

All vessels approaching the CMF are advised to maintain radio contact on bridge-to-bridge Channel 16. This notice is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

 

The CMF appreciates the assistance of mariners in contributing to lawful maritime order in this important region.

Source: GAC Hot Port News

 

Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen