USS ANZIO, Gulf of Aden (Nov. 2, 2009) - Rear Adm. Scott Sanders, commander, Combined Task Force 151, visited Chinese Rear Admiral Wang Zhiguo, the commander of TF-529, yesterday in the Gulf of Aden to discuss ongoing cooperation in counter-piracy efforts.
Sanders and coalition members of the CTF 151 staff representing four countries were guests aboard People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Ship Zhou Shan.
"We were honored to receive Admiral Wang's invitation," said Sanders. "As a partner in maritime security, we have worked with China on a tactical level in order to prevent piracy and maritime criminal activity off the coast of Somalia. Having the opportunity to sit down and share views on counter-piracy with Adm. Wang was an invaluable experience. The cooperation between our nations continues to pay big dividends."
Face to face visits at the tactical level are a tremendous opportunity toshare lessons learned and coordinate future counter-piracy efforts.
"I think our visit today highlights the fact that piracy is an international problem that requires an international answer, but the ultimate solution lies on land," said Sanders. "It is clear that China is a reliable partner and that our efforts are mutually beneficial."
CTF 151 is synchronizing and deconflicting counter-piracy operations with more than 30 nations that have deployed naval forces off the coast of Somalia. The task force conducts counter piracy operations 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.
CTF 151 operates as part of the Combined Maritime Forces, which is a coalition that conducts Maritime Security Operations throughout the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea to help provide security and stability in the region.