MANAMA, Bahrain – Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) participated in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman from 14 – 17 Sept. 2010.

This operation concentrated forces in key areas where illegal activities are most likely to occur on a frequent basis. MSO are conducted under international maritime conventions to deter and disrupt terrorism and other illicit activities in the maritime environment, thereby helping to ensure security, safety and freedom of movement for commercial shipping in international waters.

Coalition warships and aircraft from Australia, Pakistan, and the U.S. participated in the operation, together with support from the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), which provided surface and air assets. 

Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi, SI(M), Commander CTF-150, emphasised building trust and cooperation with lawful maritime operators. Particular attention was also paid to strengthening cooperation with regional partners and to gaining an understanding of the local “pattern of life”.

CTF-150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which is a unique naval coalition, dedicated to promoting security and prosperity across some 2.5 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East. CMF’s main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment.