BAHRAIN – The United Kingdom assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) 31 July 2011. Captain Jean-Baptiste Dupuis of the French Navy was relieved by Commodore John Clink of the Royal Navy at a formal ceremony in NSA Bahrain, home of the United States 5thFleet and of the Combined Maritime Forces.
Captain Dupuis said: “It has been a privilege to command CTF 150. I would like to offer my thanks to the professionalism and involvement of all the contributing nations. The CTF 150 mission has successfully maintained security and stability in the area of operations. It also contributed to maintaining a dissuasive area. This mission has been an occasion to build a stronger cooperation with neighbouring countries, notably Kenya, and improve collaboration between task forces in order to be more efficient in conducting operations.”
Commodore Clink said: “I am hugely looking forward to the challenge of leading Combined Task Force 150 and building upon the fine efforts of the French staff that we are relieving. My staff and I have trained hard and are fully prepared for the massive responsibility of co-ordinating counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in some of the busiest waterways in the world.”
CTF 150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain.
CTF 150 exists to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities across an area of two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.
Its principal mission is to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by International Terrorist Organisations (ITOs) to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials. It does this by conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). CTF-150 vessels also assist mariners in distress and undertake humanitarian work as required.
CTF 150 is a multinational task force. Participatory nations have included: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey, the United Kingdom and the U.S.