Republic of Korea handover to Pakistan at CTF 151 Change of Command Ceremony Marines Band Corps of DrumsMarines Band Corps of DrumsMarines Band Corps of DrumsPakistan has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 after conducting a change of command ceremony with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy today.  This was presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. CTF 151’s principal mission is to disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea.

Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI (M), Pakistan Navy, assumed command of CTF 151 from Rear Admiral Nam Dong Woo, ROK Navy, on 26th October 2016 at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain.  His Excellency the Ambassador of Pakistan and His Excellency the Ambassador of The Republic of Korea were in attendance.

Pakistan has previously commanded CTF 151 seven times and also currently commands the CMF counter-terrorism CTF 150. During the next four months Commodore Shuaib will lead a multi-national team to deter pirates, reassure those who ply the seas legitimately and facilitate the free flow of commerce across his area of operations.

Not only does CTF 151 synchronise its efforts with those of similar task forces from the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, it also works closely with a number of independent nations patrolling the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. Additionally, CTF 151 units also assist mariners in distress and conduct other humanitarian work as required.

On handing over command, Rear Admiral Nam said: “I am proud to have served here, and of all we have achieved together. I am convinced that Commodore Shuaib will continue to enjoy success as he takes command of CTF 151.”

On assuming command, Commodore Shuaib said it was a privilege to lead the Pakistan CTF 151 command rotation. He praised the successes of Rear Admiral Woo’s team, both at sea and in their active engagement with regional nations and remarked that, “Pakistan is equally committed and prepared to shoulder the challenging responsibility of keeping the regional maritime environment safe. I will continue to develop ways to share information and coordinate counter piracy efforts to ensure that lawful trade is not hindered by piracy.”

Commodore Shuaib concluded, “In the Pakistan Navy we value the trust and confidence placed in us by our like-minded friends in CMF. We will continue the good work of ROK Navy and look forward to leading such an important mission.”