CHANGE OF COMMAND IN BAHRAIN

The Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF) has seen a change of command on 29th June at a short ceremony in Bahrain.

Commodore William Warrender handed over the reins to Commodore Steve Dainton after more than two years as DCCMF and United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC).

20170629_PJHQ_KIPION_Cdre_WARRENDER_Leaving_1_sOutgoing Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF) Commodore William Warrender is presented with a leaving gift by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces.

During his tenure he has seen many significant events and in recent months there has been huge success in the seizure and destruction of illegal narcotics, the containment of piracy in the region and in maintaining maritime security in the region.

Commodore Warrender said: “CMF and UKMCC are both based within the Naval Support Activity Facility in Bahrain and it is this close relationship that has allowed us to have the success and ongoing mutual support.”

20170629_PJHQ_KIPION_Cdre_WARRENDER_Leaving_2-sOutgoing Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF) Commodore William Warrender is congratulated by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces.

He added: “It has been a huge privilege to be part of the Combined Maritime Forces presence in the Middle East with a vast 3.2 million square mile area of operations. Due to the efforts of all the staff and personnel here, I am handing over to Commodore Steve Dainton a well formed and ready capability.”

Commodore Warrender is being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and will take over the role of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) based in Plymouth, England, where he will be responsible for preparing UK and coalition vessels that will be deployed into the Middle East, amongst other areas.

20170629_PJHQ_KIPION_Cdre_DAINTON_UKMCCDeputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF) Commodore Steve Dainton Royal Navy

CMF has been established for 16 years and has strong links with many maritime nations in the region. Enhancing these links even further through military relationships is a core responsibility of CMF and the multi-national partnership continues its engagement with these countries to address a range of international issues.

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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