United Arab Emirates Navy, Colonel Tariq al Zaabi relieved Royal Bahraini Navy Brigadier General Isa Hamad al Doseri Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF)152 during a change of command ceremony held at the port facility, UAE Mar. 11.
The ceremony transferred the command of CTF 152 from Bahrain to UAE. CTF 152 is a multi-national task force established in 2004 in order to provide Gulf maritime security, cooperation and engagement. CTF 152’s area of operation encompasses the Arabian Gulf.
Brigadier General Isa Hamad al Doseri said, “This region is of major importance to international trade and the world economy, we have been proud to Command CTF 152.”
Responding, Colonel Tariq al Zaabi said, “I am honoured to take command of CTF 152 which has had such success in the region. I look forward to further developing Gulf maritime security and cooperation in the region.”
Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Tim Fraser, praised the accomplishments of Brigadier General Isa Hamad al Doseri and his staff. “CTF 152 led by Brigadier General Isa Hamad al Doseri has been an important part of CMF leading CTF 152. He has worked with great skill and professionalism, he and his staff have built on the strong foundations they set during their previous time in command. I look forward to working with Colonel Tariq and the UAE Navy over the coming months as they bring their expertise to CTF 152.”
CTF 152 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain. CMF is a multinational force which includes, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, France, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Singapore, UK and the US.