USS GETTYSBURG, At Sea: The commander of Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) hosted the commander of Japan’s Escort Division 8 for a discussion on counterpiracy.

“I can’t say enough how vital fostering our ties with other professional navies is,” said Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener, commander, CTF 151. “Without the assistance of our international partners in the area, our fight against piracy wouldn’t be as successful as it has been. There’s a large area to cover, we can’t do it alone.”

Capt. Richard Brown, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) gave Capt. Hiroshi Goto, the Japanese escort division’s commander, a short briefing on current counterpiracy operations and discussed recent successes and challenges.

“What Gettysburg, the U.S. and our coalition partners have been able to achieve in the Gulf of Aden is to keep the sea lines of communication free and clear,” Brown said. “It’s a difficult task given the amount of space we have to cover but being able to synchronize our efforts with other naval ships to maximize coverage in the area is a major step towards stamping out piracy and keep global commerce flowing.”

Gettysburg recently apprehended 17 suspected pirates and their mothership while serving as flagship for CTF 151, a Turkish-led multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations under a mission-based mandate throughout the Combined Maritime Forces Area of Responsibility to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.