News: USS Chosin Sailors Seek to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Aden
USS CHOSIN, At Sea - USS Chosin, home ported in Pearl Harbor, assumed the role as flagship for the counter-piracy task force Combined Task Force 151 Nov. 6 after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.
"We're extremely well equipped to support this mission," said Capt. Timothy Smith, commanding officer, USS Chosin. "An Aegis class Cruiser has an awful lot of capabilities to search and identify, perform command and control operations, collect intelligence and maintain communications related to
Reflecting the capabilities Smith described, Chosin recently sighted a suspicious group of dhows, and within 10 minutes coordinated and intercepted with ITS Lebeccio, an Italian frigate. The two ships operated in close quarters and coordinated all operations to ensure the safety of the boarding team.
"There is an extraordinary level of communication and cooperation among all of the nations conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden," said Rear Adm. Scott Sanders, Commander, CTF 151. "Because of our close cooperation with the European Union, NATO and independent navies, we've been able to prevent several suspected pirate attacks."
The presence of Coalition Navy vessels in the region demonstrates a commitment to regional security and stability. To continue to counter and deter piracy successfully, coalition efforts must be complimented by proactive measures by commercial shippers, regional governments and the
CTF 151 was established in early January and has a mandate to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. CTF 151 currently includes naval forces from the United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Australia and Turkey.
Chosin is also part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group consisting of USS Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing 11, USS Pinckney and USS Sampson of Destroyer Squadron 23, USS Chosin from Commander, Naval Surface Group, Mid Pacific, and USS Rentz from DESRON 1.