Counter-piracy task forces strengthen interoperability through PASSEX 

The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF)’s JS Akebono and Italian Navy’s ITS Margottini have conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden, designed to maximise the ability of coalition forces to counter piracy in the region.
Coordinated and supported by the Headquarters of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, the PASSEX included a series of communications and manoeuvring exercises, helicopter training and scenario-based coordination. These provided CTF151’s JS Akebono and CTF465’s ITS Margottini with a valuable opportunity to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthening the mutual understanding of the ships’ capabilities, practices, and procedures, and significantly enhancing the interoperability in regional counter-piracy operations.
CTF 151 personnel from the Republic of Singapore Navy supporting the PASSEX from CTF 151 Headquarters.
The cooperation and coordination of military forces working together on counter-piracy missions help to strengthen understanding, interoperability and mission success. Regular joint training and exercises are key to making this happen.