KUWAIT NAVY BASE, Kuwait – Command of Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) today passed from the United Arab Emirates Navy to the Kuwait Navy at a ceremony at Kuwait Naval Base, Sept 22.
Staff Colonel Mohammed Abdulla Al Hosani of the UAE Navy was succeeded as commander by Colonel Khalid Ahmad Abdallah of the Kuwait Navy.
CTF-152 operates in the Arabian Gulf conducting maritime security operations in conjunction with regional partners. Activities conducted by the task force include counter terrorism, maritime infrastructure protection and coordinated crisis response.
Upon accepting command of CTF 152, COL Khalid of the Kuwait Navy said:
“Kuwait is honored to take command of Combined Task Force152 for a second time. My goals are to execute maritime security operations in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf, conduct training and exercises with partners from the GCC and coalition forces, and reinforce maritime bonds between regional partners and coalition navies.”
Looking back upon the last four months, COL Mohammed of the UAE Navy added:
“Although this period was short in terms of time, it was rich and fruitful in terms of the experience and the confidence we have gained. Maintaining Gulf maritime security remains the principle objective of our partnership. The combined actions and joint activities evident over the past months clearly demonstrate the level of support, effective participation and shared responsibility evident between nations which has contributed to the success of CTF 152”.
CTF-152 is one of three Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) multi-national task forces which has included participation from Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, France, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. CMF is a 25-nation coalition with headquarters in Bahrain. CMF nations are committed to working together in order to promote security and prosperity across 2.5 million square miles of international waters stretching from the Northern Arabian Gulf to the Suez Canal and the Somali Basin, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Its main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, enhancing regional cooperation, and promoting a safe maritime environment