Bringing his busy engagement schedule to a close, Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CCTF 151) and regional counter-piracy coordinator, Rear Admiral Daisuke Kajimoto, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has returned from a 2 day visit to Seychelles.
As a longstanding member of CMF, Seychelles provides valuable Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) support in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and, crucially, the legal finish capability that allows for the prosecution of suspected pirates. RAdm Kajimoto sought to develop the interaction between CMF and Seychelles and to gain an appreciation for the developing maritime security capabilities of Indian Ocean nations. (…)
Noting the similarly large area of responsibility in which CTF 151 operates, RAdm Kajimoto said: ”Well coordinated information exchange is a key part of the situational awareness that facilitates maritime security; CMF is extremely grateful for the work undertaken at REFLECS3 to ensure that such exchange is possible across the region.”
REFLECS3 also hosts the Anti-Piracy Unit from the Indian Ocean Commission Maritime Security Programme. The team explained how they are working to develop information sharing and asset coordination agreements between the Indian Ocean nations in order to realise a collaborative and resource efficient maritime security framework in the region.