Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152) recently conducted a coordinated maritime focused operation in the Gulf. These types of operations are designed to track, counter and build an understanding of any illicit activity in the Gulf in order to ensure stability in the region.
The Kuwait-led CTF 152, based in Bahrain, used naval and air assets from the United States, United Kingdom and Kuwait to conduct the joint operation in support of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) mission of deterring criminal and terrorist activity in the Gulf and maintaining regional maritime security.
Colonel Mohammad Aleid the Commander of CTF 152, said: “By working together on a regular basis, CMF tactics, operations and procedures become increasingly familiar and clearly understood by all nations taking part. This cooperation and interoperability make CTF 152 a more effective and capable task force.”
Lieutenant Jon Maumy, Royal Navy who is one of the planners for CTF 152, said: “Having to co-ordinate assets from different nations across the region and ensure they work together to achieve a common aim has its challenges, but it is very rewarding when you know all the planning has come together. We had Kuwaiti and US Navy ships working alongside each other, while Royal Navy Sea Kings flew day and night from RFA Fort Victoria.”
CTF 152, part of the 30 nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) organisation, conducts maritime security operations in the Gulf, engaging with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the wider maritime community to build capacity and increase interoperability in order to prevent terrorists and non-state actors using the maritime environment for illegal activities.