Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF 150) Commodore Jaimie Hatcher AM, Royal Australian Navy, thanked the Commanding Officer of the Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Tippu Sultan for their contribution to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) whilst the ship was alongside in Bahrain. The visit took place before the ship sailed to the North Arabian Sea for the last time in support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).

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Pakistani Naval Frigate Tippu Sultan (D 185)

Commodore Hatcher was hosted on board PNS Tippu Sultan by the Commanding Officer, Captain Shafquat H Akhtar.

A number of CTF 150 operations and plans staff accompanied the Commodore. This provided a valuable opportunity for the Australian and Canadian staff to gain a better understanding of both PNS Tippu Sultan’s capabilities and from the Pakistan Navy’s overall experience in the region.

Commodore Hatcher said: “The insight to the region that comes from working with the Pakistan Navy, her ships, individuals in CMF and particularly when they command CTFs are invaluable.”

PNS Tippu Sultan’s deployment with CMF started on 19 November 2015 and finished on 3 January 2016. During this period the ship conducted maritime security patrols in the international waters off the Horn of Africa and Makran Coast.