In an unusual event, the outgoing Commander Task Force 152 (CTF 152), Colonel Mohammed Aleid of the Kuwait Naval Force, handed over command to his successor and fellow Kuwaiti, Colonel Nayef Alasker, also of the Kuwait Naval Force.

CTF 152 is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and coordinates Maritime Security Operations in the region.

Colonel Mohammed Aleid of the Kuwait Naval Force hands over command of CTF152 to his successor and fellow Kuwaiti, Colonel Nayef Alasker

On handing over command, Colonel Mohammed Aleid said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Commander CTF 152 on behalf of both the Kuwait Navy and Combined Maritime Forces. It has been a pleasure working with the members from the armed forces of many different nations. Working together, I believe we have been able to have a tangible and lasting effect on the safety of maritime operations within the Gulf.”

 The Change of Command ceremony was overseen by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, Commander Combined Maritime Forces. Vice Admiral Donegan said: “under Colonel Aleid’s leadership, the Task Force did an outstanding job of providing meaningful security in the Arabian Gulf”.

Members of CTF 152

After assuming command, Colonel Nayef Alasker spoke about the opportunity to lead CTF 152 and said: “I am delighted to be assuming command of Combined Task Force 152 and look forward to carrying on the great work achieved by my friend Colonel Mohammed Aleid. Leading the task force for Combined Maritime Forces on behalf of the Kuwait Naval Force gives me a great sense of pride”.

This is the fourth time that Kuwait has taken command of CTF 152.