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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ROKS Kang Gam Chan carries out joint exercise with EU NAVFOR

The Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Kang Gam Chan, took part in a joint exercise with EU NAVFOR’s flag ship French Ship (FS) Siroco.

ROKS KGC (bottom) and FS Siroco (top) manoeuvring in a formation

ROKS Kang Gam Chan is part of ROK Naval Escort Task Group and is currently in support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter piracy operations off Somalia,

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Republic of Singapore Ship Tenacious joins CMF mission

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed a task group in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf for the fifth time.

During its three-month deployment, the SAF task group will join the CMF counter piracy Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.

Chief of the Singapore Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, (extreme right) affixing the Singapore flag insignia onto a member of the 151-strong SAF task group deployed to the Gulf of Aden. Credit: Singapore MINDEF

The SAF task group comprises the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) Formidable-class stealth frigate RSS Tenacious and a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopter.

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