Staff from Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) recently visited the Jordanian Royal Naval Force Headquarters in Prince Hashem ibn Abdullah Naval Base, Aqaba as part of a program of regional engagements.
The visits focused on opportunities for improving maritime security in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) area of operations by enhancing cooperation and increasing understanding of Jordan’s maritime capabilities.
Commander Trevor MacLean, Royal Canadian Navy, is currently the Director Plans and Exercises with Australian command staff for CTF 150 based in Bahrain. His visit to Jordan included a tour of the Royal Jordanian Navy Headquarters hosted by Major Hisham Al-Faragh.
“I genuinely appreciated the opportunity to spend this time with my Jordanian colleagues,” Commander MacLean said.
He continued “Jordan has developed a very robust maritime interdiction capability in the form of several highly trained, deployable boarding teams. The Jordanian Navy has embarked these boarding teams on CMF assets in the past which has proven to be a significant force enhancer for CMF operations. Hopefully it is something CMF can effectively employ again in the near future.”
Commander CTF 150 Commodore Charles McHardie, Royal Australian Navy, said “strong relationships with regional states are the key to securing an enduring safe and stable maritime environment. Visits, such as the one recently conducted by my staff to Jordan are a vital part of ensuring that CTF 150 and our regional partners remain aligned in all aspects of our maritime security operations.”