All aboard! Gulf nations share boarding tips to fight maritime crime

Combined Maritime Forces

A Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) seminar to hone the skills needed for boarding operations to stop smuggling and other illegal maritime activities in the Gulf has culminated with a realistic practical test of the participants’ skills and knowledge.

Eighteen officers from Gulf Cooperation Council States (GCC) Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as Jordan and Pakistan, took part in the three day seminar which was hosted by US Coast Guard officers and covered all aspects of boarding operations.

Everything from determining the legal grounds for a boarding to how to safely sweep a vessel for armed criminals was covered, with the emphasis being on open discussion and the sharing of past experiences to pool and improve group knowledge.

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