Gulf of Aden: 2011


In 2011 the NZ Defence Force had three personnel located in the Gulf of Aden under Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.

In accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and in cooperation with non-member forces, CTF 151’s mission is to disrupt piracy and armed robbery at sea and to engage with regional and other partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities, in order to protect global maritime commerce and secure freedom of navigation.

CTF 151 is one of three task forces operating under the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition. CTF 151′s counter-piracy operations focus on the Gulf of Aden, Southern Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Somali basin, an area encompassing 2.5 million square miles. 

Captain Jim Gilmour, Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), took the command role of CTF 151 for three months from 30 June 2011. It was the first time that a Royal New Zealand Naval Officer has commanded a major multinational task force in recent decades. 

Two NZ Defence Force staff officers supported CAPT Gilmour.

New Zealand is impacted by piracy, even far from our shores. This deployment demonstrated the NZ Defence Force's commitment to protecting security and stability in the international maritime environment.



This page was last reviewed on 16 January 2013, and is current.