Australia’s Chief of Navy visits Combined Task Force 150

Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 hosted a visit from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Chief of Navy and Warrant Officer of the Navy on December 16, 2016.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN and Warrant Officer Gary Wight spent time in the CTF 150 Headquarters at the Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.

They met with the Royal Canadian Navy’s Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Haydn Edmundson, inspected the CTF 150 watch floor – and spent time with Australian and Canadian personnel who make up the combined Canadian and Australian headquarters.

No dignitary’s visit is complete without an awards presentation and Vice Admiral Barrett did not disappoint.

Petty Officer Craig Mellberg was awarded a Gold Level Navy commendation for his exemplary performance and devotion to duty in his most recent posting as the Assistant to the Warrant Officer of the Navy.

“It comes as no surprise to me that Petty Officer Mellberg was recognized for his professionalism and devotion to duty as the assistant to the Warrant Officer of the Navy,” said Commodore Edmundson.

“I have witnessed firsthand just how much of an asset he is to CTF 150 and we are very fortunate to have him as part of our team. Bravo Zulu!”

CTF 150 is made up of 28 Canadian military and two Department of National Defence civilian personnel and eight members of the RAN.

Captain Paul Scott, RAN, holds the position of Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for CTF 150.

CTF 150 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Its mission is to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist acts and related illicit activities, which terrorists use to fund or conceal their movements.

Picture Captions:
[Right] Chief of Navy, Australia Vice Admiral Tom Barrett (right) and Warrant Officer  of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight (left) present Petty Officer Craig Mellberg (centre) with a Chief of Navy Gold Level Commendation on December 16 at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.
[Top Left] Vice Admiral Tom Barrett, Chief of Navy Australia (left) and Commodore Haydn Edmundson, Commander CTF 150 (right) meet to discuss CTF 150 operations during a visit to CTF 150 Headquarters on December 16 at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.
[Bottom Left] The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) senior leadership, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy and Warrant Officer Gary Wight, Warrant Officer of the Navy are pictured with RAN members of CTF 150 Headquarters on December 16 at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 31 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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