The Indian Navy frigate INS Teg and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Ikazuchi from Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) conducted a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) together in the Gulf of Aden on Sept. 30.
A CTF-151 spokesperson said: “Today’s PASSEX provided the two warships an excellent opportunity to enhance their interoperability and strengthen the mutual understanding of how the ships’ capabilities and procedures complement each other.”
INS Teg (F45), a Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy, is on independent deployment to the region. JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) is a Murasame-class destroyer of the JMSDF and is currently attached to the CTF-151.
CTF-151 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. It is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) with the other being CTF-150 (Maritime Security & Counter-terrorism) and CTF-152 (Persian Gulf Security Cooperation).
The mission of the CTF-151 task force 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 European Union’s (EU) Operation Atalanta and NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield.
“At 3.2 million square miles, the Indian Ocean is too big for any single nation to police by itself. Exercises such as PASSEX prove that ships from different countries and organisations can communicate effectively, share intelligence and are able to maneuver at close quarters safely and quickly. Warships that have exercised together are better able to respond to events such as humanitarian crises or piracy attacks as they can co-ordinate a plan and a response quickly”, a statement from CMF said.