Commander Combined Task Force 151 Official visit to the republic of seychelles 30 November - 2 december 2016

Commodore Muhammed Shuaib SI(M) Pakistan Navy, Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy mission, Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), visited the Republic of Seychelles, meeting with senior defence and government officials to discuss mutual interests and areas for cooperation between the archipelago and CMF.

Leader Engagements


  • Held discussions with Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Brigadier Leopold F Payet in the company of Colonel Michael Rosette and Colonel Clifford Roseline.
  • Called on Mr Ralph Agrippine director general protocol, treaties, and consular affairs on behalf of Seychelles Principal Secretary, and separately in his capacity as director of Indian Ocean Commission Anti-piracy Unit.
  • Met with Mr David Esparon, principal state counsel on behalf of Seychelles Attorney General.
  • Met with representatives of the Chairman of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) Mr Jacques Bell and Ms Renette Melissa Nicette.
  • Visited Mr Joseph Bibi director Regional Fusion & Law Enforcement Centre For Safety & Security at Sea (REFLECS3).
  • Observed United Nationals Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) maritime counter-piracy (MCP) maritime legal engagement (MLE) course.

Photos of high-level meetings


The aim of Commander CTF 151's visit was to encourage collaboration between Seychelles and allied maritime forces operating in the waters of the Indian Ocean to counter piracy threats and enhance maritime security.

Commander Combined Task Force 151 meets with Mr Ralph Agrippine director general protocol, treaties and consular affairs on 30 November 2016. On behalf of CMF Commodore Shuaib thanked the Republic of Seychelles for their efforts in maritime security and 'legal finish' legislation (prosecution of criminals involved in piracy).

Commander CTF 151, Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI(M) Pakistan Navy calls on the Seychelles Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Brigadier Leopold F Payet on 1 December 2016. Amongst a broad range of topics they discussed the structure of the Combined Maritime Forces, its area of operation and the specific roles of its subordinate combined task forces.
(L-R) Colonel Clifford Roseline, Deputy Chief Seychelles People's Defence Force (SPDF), Commodore Muhammad Shuaib CCTF 151, Brigadier Leopold F Payet CDF SPDF, Colonel Michael Rosette Chief of Staff SPDF.

Commodore Shuaib took back to Bahrain expressions of willingness for Seychelles to expand its role as a member of CMF. This included greater participation in CMF conferences, training and exercises, an expressed desire to collaborate with CMF in capacity-building of the nation's coast guard, and a desire to continually improve the existing information sharing mechanisms between CMF and Seychelles.

It was clear from the discussion that whilst piracy activities have been subdued in the region, maritime security issues are still a priority for Seychelles. It was agreed that an increase in interactions between Seychelles and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will significantly help develop interoperability between the counterparts, with mutual benefit.
Commodore Shuaib, Commander CTF 151 (CCTF 151), observes participants interacting with instructors at UNODC's maritime crime programme (MCP) maritime law enforcement (MLE) course VIP day, held on 2 December 2016. He was joined by Seychelles minister of home affairs Mrs Mitcy Larue, secretary of state drugs and rehabilitation Dr Patrick Herminie, and other senior military and constabulary officers.

The UNODC maritime crime programme (MCP) maritime law enforcement (MLE) course was sponsored by the UNODC and supported by Combined Maritime Forces member nation Japan, and the Republic of Seychelles Police. Law enforcement officers from Seychelles and regional partners Tanzania and Kenya benefited from a two week training package designed to build capacity and support MLE efforts across the region.

While attending the UNODC MCP MLE VIP day Commander Combined Task Force 151, Cdre Shuaib met with Seychelles Minister of Home Affairs Mrs Mitcy Larue (pictured foreground, left).
CTF 151 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). It 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.

About the Combined Maritime Forces

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multi-national naval partnership, which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. CMF’s main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation, and promoting a safe maritime environment. CMF counters violent extremism and terrorist networks in maritime areas of responsibility; works with regional and other partners to improve overall security and stability; helps strengthen regional nations’ maritime capabilities and, when requested, responds to environmental and humanitarian crises. CMF operates three task forces: CTF 150 (maritime security and counter-terrorism), CTF 151 (counter piracy) and CTF 152 (Arabian Gulf security and cooperation).

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