Thursday, October 14, 2010
Australia Takes Command of Combined Task Force
Combined Maritime Forces
CTF-150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces, a 25-nation coalition based here. The task force works to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities across an area of two million square miles, covering the
Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the . Gulf of Oman
“It is a privilege to be entrusted with
’s second command of CTF-150,” Sammut said after the ceremony. “My team and I look forward to building on the outstanding achievements of Rear Admiral Abbasi and his staff, and working closely alongside our CMF partners and regional friends to promote security and stability throughout the surrounding maritime domain.” Australia
The task force’s main mission is to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organizations to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials. This is done by conducting maritime security operations. CTF-150 vessels also assist mariners in distress and perform humanitarian assistance missions as required.
CTF-150 is a multinational task force. Participatory nations have included:
, Australia , Canada , Denmark , France , Germany , Italy , Republic of Korea , Netherlands , New Zealand , Pakistan , Portugal , Singapore , and Spain , the Turkey and the United Kingdom . United States
This is the second time that
has led CTF-150. Commodore Richard Menhinick of the Royal Australian navy commanded the task force between Australia Dec. 16, 2009 and April 15, 2010.
The change of command ceremony concluded the
navy’s fourth successful command of CTF-150. Abbasi said the task force has come a long way since it was established near the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pakistan
The task force “is a coherent force that is able to respond effectively to the challenges it faces,” Abbasi said.
"Command of CTF-150 for the fourth time is a manifestation of the
navy’s continued commitment to support coalition efforts to maintain peace and lawful maritime order at sea,” he continued. “We feel proud for having contributed wholeheartedly, and to the best of our abilities, to advance the cause of maritime security in the region that undoubtedly is vital for the economic prosperity and well being of the world at large." Pakistan
During his six-month command tenure, Abbasi commanded a range of ships from CMF member nations, including
, Australia , France , Pakistan and the United Kingdom . The admiral also visited a number of littoral countries including United States , Saudi Arabia , Oman and Jordon to strengthen relations with CTF-150. Yemen