1. The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) convened in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles 31 May 16 – 3 Jun 16 for the 19th Plenary session.
One of the big questions posed was whether the international community still needed a Contact Group on piracy in light of the reduction in incidents off the coast of Somalia.
2. CTF 151 under the command of the Republic of Singapore Navy will be conducting Focused Op (FO) ‘Vigilant Lion’ in the Gulf of Aden from 3 – 10 Jun 16.
The aim of the FO is to: reassure merchant shipping and fishery communities, improve the understanding of the local pattern of life and enhance operational and tactical cooperation with other regional counter-piracy forces.
During the FO CTF 151 units will be conducting maritime security calls and it is recommended that merchant vessels transiting the region cooperate wherever possible.