Commander CTF-150 visits Pakistan to discuss cooperation with senior leaders in the region

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia (right), met with the Commander of the Pakistan Fleet, Vice-Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (left), in Karachi during a two day visit on 8/9 December 2014

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia (right), met with the Commander of the Pakistan Fleet, Vice-Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (left), in Karachi during a two day visit on 8/9 December 2014

The Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia, met with senior leaders in Pakistan’s maritime security agencies in Karachi during a two day visit on 8 and 9 December 2014.

Pakistan remains a key contributor of ships, aircraft and headquarters staff to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) operations, having joined it in 2004.  The visit occurred a few days after Pakistan completed its seventh tenure of CTF-150 command, when Commodore Sajid Mahmood SI(M) Pakistani Navy handed over command to Canada on 4 December 2014.

During the visit, the CTF-150 delegation met with senior officers of the Pakistan Navy, Coast Guard, Maritime Security Agency, Joint Maritime Information Coordination Centre, and Anti-Narcotics Force to enhance interoperability and cooperation between Pakistan’s maritime security institutions and CTF-150 in countering the terrorism at sea, particularly in the North Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

Commodore Santarpia (left) and Commodore Rehan Aziz Khan (right), Deputy Director General Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency, discuss ways to enhance interoperability and cooperation between the two organisations

Commodore Santarpia (left) and Commodore Rehan Aziz Khan (right), Deputy Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, discuss ways to enhance interoperability and cooperation between the two organisations

Following the visit, Commodore Santarpia described Pakistan as “a key partner who is dedicated to regional maritime security, as demonstrated time and again through sustained contribution to, and leadership in, Combined Maritime Forces.”

Commodore Santarpia added, “I look forward to working in close collaboration with the proven and professional maritime security forces of Pakistan, key partners in the denial of the use of the sea by terrorist organisations in the region.”

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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