The UKMTO have been informed by the Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain, that a Maritime Security Operation (Focused Operation) will be carried out by the Combined Maritime Task Force 151 in the area off the Somali Coast, Socotra Gap and in the vicinity of the IRTC between the 1st October to 7th October. The operation will involve multinational naval units, aircraft and personnel operating under the Turkish led Combined Task Force 151 for counter piracy. The aims of the operation are to:
A: Deter and suppress piracy,
B: Reassure and be prepared to protect maritime community,
C: Collect data for the pattern of life in the area of operations.
Merchant vessels are invited to interact with the naval vessels and are encouraged to provide information as requested by the Combined Task Force 151. The contributions from merchant vessels to better understand the Pattern of Life will be highly appreciated. Mariners are reminded to navigate with caution whilst transiting this area.