“Yemen key to CMF future success”: CMF Commanders welcome representatives from 30th member to HQ

Following Yemen’s official acceptance of membership to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in December 2013, the Commander and Deputy Commander of CMF welcomed senior naval representatives from Yemen to CMF’s headquarters in Bahrain, on the occasion of their inaugural visit.

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Commodore Keith Blount Royal Navy, United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander, Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces presents a certificate to Major General Abdullah Salem Abdullah, Commander of the Naval Forces & Coastal Defence. Captain W.J. Nault, USN, Chief of Staff, Combined Maritime Forces looks on. (l-r)

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CMF ship medevacs heart attack victim

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) ship, Royal Australian Navy Ship (HMAS) Darwin, provided emergency medical assistance to a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.

HMAS Darwin approaches French fishing vessel, Cap Saint Vincent, to respond to a distress signal sent from the boat.

HMAS Darwin approaches French fishing vessel, Cap Saint Vincent, to respond to a distress signal sent from the boat.

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The United Kingdom assumes command of CTF 150 from Australia

The Royal Australian Navy has handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 to the Royal Navy at a formal change of command ceremony held in Bahrain on 10 April 2014.

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Saluting the Australian and UK national anthems at the CTF 150 change of command ceremony.

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CTF 150’s HMCS Regina seizes 130kg heroin off Tanzanian coast

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina has seized over 130kg of high-grade heroin off the coast of Tanzania.

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Members of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina’s Naval Boarding Party prepare to board a suspected drug-smuggling vessel.

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Building momentum: Enduring relationships key to countering narcotics

In preparation for the transition of leadership from Australia to Great Britain, the current and future Commanders of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) have teamed up to meet key maritime security leaders in the east African nations of Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.

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Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy and Commander Designate, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, Royal Navy, meet with Tanzanian officials to discuss maritime security.

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CMF Commanders speak on maritime security at Doha Maritime Defence Exhibition

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) was well represented at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2014, where both the Commander and Deputy Commander spoke to delegates about maritime security and Gulf cooperation.

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View of the stage at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference in Doha, which ran alongside DIMDEX 2014.

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CMF shares its ‘story’ with delegates at UNODC conference

A delegation from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) attended the 57th session of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) between 18 and 20 March 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

Commodore Daryl Bates (right) and Commander Douglas Ward (left) with Mr Hakan Demirbuken, Programme Management Officer for the UNODC Afghan Opiate Trade Project, at the entrance to the Commission in Vienna, Austria

Commodore Daryl Bates (right) and Commander Douglas Ward (left) with Mr Hakan Demirbuken, Programme Management Officer for the UNODC Afghan Opiate Trade Project, at the entrance to the Commission in Vienna, Austria

Commodore Daryl Bates AM Royal Australian Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, briefed delegates from a large number of UN member nations on the CMF mission, operations and successes, focusing on the topic, ‘Countering illicit narcotics trafficking in the Indian Ocean.’

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