CTF 151 Change of Command Ceremony
Japan has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 after conducting a change of command ceremony with the Pakistan (PKN) 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 deter 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.
Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force assumed command of CTF 151 from Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI (M), Pakistan Navy, on 9 March 2017 at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain. His Excellency the Ambassador of Pakistan Mr Javed Malik and Deputy Chief of Missions for the Japanese Embassy Mr Daisuke Yamamoto were in attendance.
During the next four months Japan will lead a multi-national team to deter pirates, reassure those who ply their trade and travel upon the high seas legitimately and facilitate the free flow of commerce across the area of operations.
On handing over command, Commodore Shuaib said, “I am proud to have served here and of all we have achieved together. I am convinced that Rear Admiral Fukuda will continue to enjoy success as he takes command of CTF 151.”
On assuming command, Rear Admiral Fukuda said it was a privilege to lead the Japan CTF 151 command rotation. He praised the successes of Commodore Shuaib’s team both at sea and in their active engagement with regional nations and remarked that, “It is a great privilege to be given this opportunity to serve the international maritime community alongside my staff representing 10 different nations and their highly regarded navies.”
Not only does CTF 151 synchronise its efforts with those of similar task forces such as the European Union, 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.
Commodore Muhammad Shuaib SI(M) hands over command of CTF 151 to Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda whilst Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan looks on