Defense News brings us word of the formation of another combined naval task force intended to enforce rules-based behavior, this time in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
It is not unlikely that the Coast Guard’s PATFORSWA will become involved in this, but more importantly, this is the latest in what looks like an emerging trend, and perhaps a way to deal with gray zone operations. It is not a military alliance against an opposing state, rather it is a law enforcement alliance of like-minded nations who wish to prevent the breakdown of order.
This seems to suggest something like my proposal for a “Combined Maritime Security Task Force, Pacific” is looking much more mainstream, if we could spread the concept from the CENTCOM area of operations to INDOPACOM and perhaps AFRICOM and apply it to Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing.
Perhaps we should consider doing this in the Black Sea to give Russia something to think about.
Perhaps Russia and China should do the same in the Gulf of Mexico to give the US something to think about?
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Turkey is not allowing anyone to bring additional warships into the Black Sea. Russian ships returning to a Black Sea homeport after refit might be an exception.
Our new Ukrainian aid package has some unspecified watercraft in it. I am betting on MkVs getting flown in and moved over land.
Some Ukrainian service members have been getting watercraft training in the US from Special Forces.