Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF150) Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas visited Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne whilst the ship was alongside in Bahrain prior to her sailing to the North Arabian Sea in support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).
Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas was hosted on board HMAS Melbourne by the Commanding Officer, Commander Bill Waters.
During his short stay onboard, CCTF 150 met with members of the ship’s crew and witnessed demonstrations displaying the ship’s abilities to perform her tasks during the deployment. The Admiral was briefed about the ship’s capabilities and watched practical demonstrations of search procedures during Boarding Operations, along with Drug Disposal and Explosive Ordinance Disposal drills. These activities form a vital part of the operations against narcotics and weapon smuggling in line with the overall mission of CTF 150.
While praising the highly motivated and efficient ship’s crew, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas expressed his confidence in the preparations made by the ship to face the challenges at sea. He said: “The ship’s material and team’s readiness is remarkable and will definitely support the hectic operational pursuits in the post monsoon season of our area of operation. Coupled with that, the motivation and passion amongst the crew assure that HMAS Melbourne will bring laurels for the Royal Australian Navy and CTF150 during this challenging deployment, in line with their historical traditions and high professional standards.”
CTF 150 is one of three naval task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which is a multinational naval partnership of 30 nations. CMF’s mandate is to promote the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment by countering terrorist acts and related illegal activities. CTF 150‘s area of operation spans over two million square miles and includes some of the world’s most important and busiest shipping lanes, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Western Indian Ocean. Since 30 July 2015 CTF 150 has been commanded by the Pakistan Navy.