Early on, the combined Canadian/Australian CTF-150 team (back) took the lead, winning the first game
Early on, the combined Canadian/Australian CTF-150 team (back) took the lead, winning the first game

Those members of Combined Task Force 150 and Combined Task Force 151 who could be spared from their operational commitments took a short break to take part in a friendly beach volleyball competition on Monday 9 February.

But the CTF-151 Thai team had a triumphant comeback beating CTF-150 two games to three
But the CTF-151 Thai team had a triumphant comeback beating CTF-150 two games to three

The competition, which reinforced the strong esprit de corps, teamwork and friendship between the Task Forces, gave the military personnel an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company outside of the work environment, where they work together in leading and executing maritime security operations.

The combined Canadian/Australian CTF-150 team initially took the lead, winning the first game, but the CTF-151 Thaï team had a triumphant comeback, winning two games out of three. In the spirit of mutual respect that characterises Combined Maritime Forces, the defeated CTF-150 team held their heads high with the gracious CTF-151 team acknowledging it was a tough battle!

Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich from the Royal Thai Navy and Commander of the victorious CTF-151 said:

“It was great to see CTF-151 and CTF-150 staff deepening their relationships over a unique occasion. Participating in a friendly sport together can only strengthen our already existing excellent mutual cooperation.”

Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy and Commander CTF-150 added:

“All in all, we had great fun taking a break from operations with the volleyball played in good spirit and mutual respect. I am looking forward to participating in a similar activity again in the near future with CTF-151, or any other partner organisation for that matter.”