CTF-150 Commander strengthens ties with Jordanian and British Armed Forces

In a visit to Jordan, Commodore Brian Santarpia met with senior officers from the Jordanian Armed Forces

In a visit to Jordan, Commodore Brian Santarpia met with senior officers from the Jordanian Armed Forces

Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy and the current Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) recently returned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain from a visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where he recognised the strong commitment and contribution to CMF operations from the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Commodore Santarpia met with Brigadier-General Qasem Fadeel Nahar Tanashat, the Commander of the Royal Jordanian Navy, and Brigadier-General Bassam Harat, the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Directorate. Commodore Santarpia and the Jordanian officials discussed how challenges to maritime security in the region can be better addressed through mutual cooperation, especially in the conduct of maritime security operations in the northern Red Sea.

Commodore Santarpia said:

“The Royal Jordanian Navy is very efficient in their conduct of maritime safety and security operations in their national waters. They are also a strong regional partner with a reputation for relationship building and cooperation in the region. I was very impressed by their professionalism and am sure that we could learn a lot from their success and commitment to CMF.”

While in Aqaba, Commodore Santarpia seized the opportunity to meet with the crew of British warship HMS Kent during a well-deserved port visit

While in Aqaba, Commodore Santarpia seized the opportunity to meet with the crew of British warship HMS Kent during a well-deserved port visit

While in the Jordanian coastal city of Aqaba, Commodore Santarpia seized the opportunity to meet with the crew of British warship HMS Kent, who were conducting a well-deserved port visit after a period of time supporting CTF-150 and CMF’s counter-piracy task force CTF-151. The Commodore thanked the Type 23 frigate’s highly-skilled crew for all their hard work in recent months in support of both CMF operations.

Commodore Santarpia meets Commander Andrew Block Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Kent

Commodore Santarpia meets Commander Andrew Block Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Kent

He said:

“The men and women in HMS Kent have demonstrated outstanding flexibility in support of CMF over the past weeks, contributing to both CTF-150 and CTF-151 operations as well as their own national tasking. A very capable ship, we are looking forward to working with HMS Kent again in the near future.”

Commodore Santarpia addressing HMS Kent’s Ship’s Company

Commodore Santarpia addressing HMS Kent’s Ship’s Company

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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