Kuwait – Command of Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) has passed from Kuwaiti Brigadier General Jassim al Ansari to his fellow countryman Colonel Abdullah Dashti.

A handover ceremony took place at Naval Operations Center, Mohammed Al Ahmed Naval Base, Kuwait, August 10. The ceremony was attended by Commodore Tim Fraser Royal Navy, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF), as well as the CTF-152 staff and watch team members.

Kuwait elected to rotate their commanders roughly half way through their seven month command period in order for two senior officers to gain valuable experience of leading a multi-national task force.

CTF-152 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 24 nation coalition based in Bahrain. It operates in the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations in conjunction with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners to prevent destabilising activities and promote maritime security. Activities conducted by CTF-152 include counter terrorism, maritime infrastructure protection and regional engagement of maritime partners.

CTF-152 is a multi-national task force which has included participation from Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

CMF units are committed to working together in order to promote security and prosperity across some 2.5 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Its main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment.