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Finland Joins World’s Largest Maritime Security Partnership

Lt. Charmaine Solis observes commercial vessels sailing alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while ship operates in support of Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG), led by Combined Task Force 153 of Combined Maritime Forces, in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 26. U.S. Navy Photo

Posted on April 24, 2024

Finland has officially joined the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), becoming the 43rd member of the world’s largest maritime security partnership.

Vice Admiral George Wikoff, the commander of CMF, officially welcomed Finland, praising the country’s long history of maritime professionalism. “They will enhance our already impressive partnership here in the Middle East,” said Wikoff.

The CMF is an international naval coalition that focuses on defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, promoting safe maritime environments, and encouraging regional cooperation. It is renowned for upholding the international rules-based order and supporting security and stability across 3.2 million square miles of water which includes some of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes.

The coalition maintains five task forces: CTF 150, which ensures maritime security in the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, and eastern Gulf of Aden; CTF 151, leading regional anti-piracy efforts; CTF 152, dedicated to maritime security in the Arabian Gulf; CTF 153, in charge of maritime security in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb, and western Gulf of Aden; and CTF 154, established to enhance maritime security training throughout the region.


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