Commander Combined Task Force 150 strengthens ties with Royal Saudi Naval Force

Commodore Brian Santarpia, Canadian Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), recently completed a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further deepen the cooperation and information sharing relationship between the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-terrorism and maritime security task force.

Commodore Santarpia welcomed on deck by members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force

Commodore Santarpia welcomed on deck by members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force

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Pakistan Navy invites CMF to celebrate the 76th Pakistan Day

23rd March 2015 saw the 76th anniversary of Pakistan Day. It is a national celebration day that marks the successful adoption of a constitutional draft that ultimately called for greater autonomy in British India.

 Commodore Asif Hameed welcomes Vice Admiral John Miller to the 76th Pakistan DayCommodore Asif Hameed welcomes Vice Admiral John Miller to the 76th Pakistan Day

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Mexican Ambassador deepens his understanding of the Combined Maritime Forces

Ambassador Jose Arturo Trejo-Nava visited the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to gain an understanding of CMF’s involvement in the region.

Rear Admiral Loeblein(USN) Commodore Blount (RN) meet Ambassador Trejo and Cunsol Galvan from the Mexican Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Rear Admiral Loeblein(USN) Commodore Blount (RN) meet Ambassador Trejo and Cunsol Galvan from the Mexican Embassy in Saudi Arabia

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CMF ships flex their mariner skills

HMAS Success recently conducted an astern Replenishment at Sea (RAS), a rare and challenging evolution that demonstrates Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) ships adaptability and capability to operate together, regardless of size and requirements.

HMAS Success RAS USCGS Aquidneck

Aquidneck taking station only 80-90 yards from Success’ stern as onlookers taking the opportunity to view the unusual evolution

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Pakistan Navy and Maritime Security Agency train with U.S. Coast Guard Middle East Training Team

A Strength of having 30 nations operating together in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) partnership is the opportunity to train together and learn from one another, contributing to greater interoperability during operations. Pakistan Navy and Maritime Security Agency personnel recently had such an opportunity when participating in a five day Visit, Board, Search, Seizure (VBSS) training with the US Coast Guard Middle East Training Team in Manama, Bahrain.

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Commodore Brian Santarpia, Commander CTF-150 congratulates LT Kaleem Ullah from the Pakistan Navy for his participation to the training at the closing ceremony

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‘Success’ful assistance to local mariners in need

HMAS Success and her Boarding Team came to the rescue of a local cargo dhow in the Middle East on 10 February after responding to a distress call and finding the vessel taking on water.

OP ManitouHMAS Success coming to the rescue of a local cargo dhow in the Middle East after responding to a distress call and finding the vessel taking on water.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police and CTF-150 discuss mutual cooperation

On 4 March 2015, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officials visited Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) staff to discuss common challenges and mutual cooperation.

“CTF-150 and the RCMP share common objectives in maritime crime and security, especially the trafficking of narcotics, profits from which are known to fund terrorist organisations,” said Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy and currently Commander of CTF-150. “Through mutual cooperation, collectively we can become more successful in stopping maritime crime at sea that support terrorist-related activity.”

RCMP_Visits_CTF150 Commander CTF-150, Commodore Brian Santarpia, meeting an RCMP representative to discuss mutual cooperation.

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