This current is also the reason why the Somali basin
is one of the world's most productive areas for fisheries, another sector that can be further developed with oil revenues barring any oil spills.
CTF 151 is responsible for counter-piracy across a large area of operations in the Northern Indian Ocean, while the prime focus is on the chokepoints for maritime traffic - Bab Al Mandeb strait at the southern end of the Red Sea and the Somali Basin
The task force is mandated to deter and disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment, particularly in the Somali Basin
and Southern Red Sea.
The principal mission of CTF-150 is to deter terrorism, narcotics smuggling and other illegal activity in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin
and Red Sea.
Enterprise has hunted pirates off the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin
and patrolled waters off Iraq, since its initial deployment in the Med in 2004.
European Naval Forces, along with other multinational maritime forces, ensure the security and safety of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and in the Somali basin
. "This is also a part of the cooperation with navies of the countries in the region, as in the case of Oman," said Arena.
The task force mainly dealt with maritime security and counter terrorism around the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin
Somali pirates commonly attack merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin
hundreds of miles to the West, but an attack in the Strait of Hormuz is unheard of.
It's a double-edged sword."I'm just glad we prevented this horrible substance making its way into our cities."HMCS Toronto intercepted and boarded the suspected smuggling vessel in the Somali Basin
and discovered 506 bags of heroin weighing a total of 538.68kg hidden onboard.The illicit narcotics were seized, samples were taken for laboratory testing and the remainder was destroyed.In a twist of fate, the record for the largest amount of heroin discovered by a CMF unit was previously also held by HMCS Toronto, whose boarding team discovered 500kg hidden aboard a dhow off Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, in March."CMF, in particular, CTF150 is determined to inhibit illicit activity in the maritime environment, activity that we know funds violent extremist organisations.
All right then, so that's any notion of a cruise through the Somali Basin
scratched off my bucket list.
The bureau said pirate ships were reported in the Gulf of Oman, southern Red Sea and the Somali basin
. As of the end of last year, Somali pirates still held 104 hostages on eight ships and 23 more were detained on land.
"We have seen no activity whatsoever in the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Arabia or the Somali Basin
," said Cyrus Mody at the IMB's London office.