Egypt becomes member nation of the Combined Maritime Forces

According to information published on April 14, 2021, Egypt has become the 34th member of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) which is an enduring multinational coalition committed to upholding the International Rules Based Order by countering illicit non-state actors on the high seas and promoting security, stability and prosperity.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Commander VAdm Samuel Paparo, U.S. Navy, with Lt Gen Ahmed Khaled and their respective staff officers (Picture source: CMF)

Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. 5th Fleet and CMF, welcomes Egypt’s membership while visiting Alexandria.

CMF’s area of operations encompasses some of the world’s most important shipping lanes with more than 3 million square miles of international waters, including the key chokepoints of the Suez Canal, Bab al Mandeb and Straits of Hormuz.

CMF was established in 2002 and the importance of maritime partnership, cooperation and coordination remains just as viable, relevant and effective today as the strategic environment is always evolving. In the maritime domain, the key elements in countering threats are like-minded partners and allies, coming together to suppress bullies, pirates and those who seek to create new norms to their own advantage.

In order to counter these challenges, CMF provides military assets to support the construct with partner nation rotations of Coalition Task Forces (CTFs) and staff to the CMF headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. The three CTFs of CMF include CTF 150 with a focus on maritime security operations throughout the area, CTF 151 conducting counter piracy operations, and CTF 152 focuses on maritime security in the Arabian Gulf.

Paparo concluded the visit to Alexandria by thanking Vice Adm. Ahmed Khaled, commander of the Egyptian Navy for the increased cooperation and combined operations in the Red Sea.

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