“We do about 25 exercises with the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] nations each year, and we do a total
of about 64 named exercises throughout the region, from
Alexandria, Egypt, to the east coast of Pakistan. Operating with our partners has a deterrent effect and it’s
extremely important that we continue to do that.
“If you’re a European Union member and you have an
allocation to provide maritime support to the European
Union, one of the ways that you could provide that support is by providing a ship to the counterpiracy missions
of the European Union effort. If you’re a member of
NATO, you’re under obligation to provide ships to the
NATO missions, and one of the ways you can do it is to
provide ships to the counterpiracy mission,” Miller said
during his remarks at the Abu Dhabi meeting.
“That’s very popular in capitals all around the world
because no one likes piracy. If you want to contribute
to the counterpiracy mission, and you’re not a member
of the European Union and you’re not a member of
NATO, then you can join Task Force 151. For a num-
ber of years, the Japanese were a nation that would
provide ships into the Horn of Africa and they would
support, as an independent nation, the counterpiracy
mission. And on the 8th of December, they asked to
join Task Force 151 — a significant event for the
Japanese. This is the first time since World War II, and
since the establishment of their new constitution, that
they have joined an international maritime task force.
And so that is very significant and we are very proud
to have them onboard,” he said.
Miller said that China, India and Russia, who each
contribute independently to the counterpiracy effort,
have expressed a desire to expand their interaction
with the task forces.
“China routinely provides a three-ship surface
action group in the Somali basin — they operate independently — and they indicated at the SHADE
[Shared Early Warning and Deconfliction] conference
that they are interested in increased cooperation with
the three different task forces that are conducting
“So the independent nations are looking for increased
cooperation, which will only enhance counterpiracy
efforts in the region,” he said.
“SHADE’s primary aim is to ensure the coordination
and deconfliction of military resources, military operations and industry practices to achieve the maximum
efficiency and effectiveness in countering piracy,” said
Royal Canadian Navy CDR Jeff Markert, who is the
Canadian senior national representative and deputy
chief for future operations at CMF.
“The collaboration and information sharing which
occurs at the quarterly SHADE conference allows the
participating nations and organizations to effectively
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Electronics Technician 2nd Class Tristan McAnaney, a visit, board, search and seizure team member from the guided-missile
destroyer USS Mason, climbs aboard the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy auxiliary replenishment oiler Weishanhu during
a U.S. and Chinese counterpiracy exercise Aug. 25 in the Gulf of Aden.