The Deputy Commander of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), Commodore Steve Dainton CBE Royal Navy, accompained by Captain John Thompson United States Navy, CMF Chief of Staff, were delighted to welcome Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Ahmed Harban, of the Royal Bahrain Navy, as CMF’s first “Sailor of the Month” at the CTF151 Command Headquarters in Naval Support Activity Bahrain today.

CMF’s newly appointed Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Master Chief (CMC) Petty Officer Lateef Compton, United States Navy, nominated CWO Harban as CMF’s initial “Sailor of the Month” at the first CMF Enlisted Sailors “All Hands Call” held at NAVCENT, Bahrain on 13 December. CMF’s Enlisted Sailor of the Month is an initiative launched by CMC Compton USN (in his role as CMF’s Senior Enlisted Leader) to provide recognition and acknowledgment of the outstanding work of enlisted personnel drawn from all CMF partner nations, afloat, in the air and on base, who contribute to CMF’s success.

CWO Harban joined the Royal Bahrain Navy in 1996, meaning he has now served for more than 21 years with his service commencing on the Royal Bahrain Naval Service (RBNS) Fast Patrolling Ship Hawar. Over those 21 years, CWO Harban has worked in a wide variety of roles across the RBNS, both at sea and ashore, in the process accumulating a vast range of experiences and deep professional skills. He lives in the Muharraq region of Bahrain, the oldest city district in the Kingdom and an area famous for its pearls, dhow building expertise and fishing.

CWO Harban has recently joined CMF as a Senior Enlisted Battlewatch Captain in the Command Staff Team of CTF151, where he enjoys working with 11 different CMF nations, providing operational tasking and leadership to a range of CTF151 warships across a span of activities. CTF151’s principal mission is deterring any acts of suspected piracy across CMF’s Area of Responsibility. His loyalty and commitment to the RBNS has been recognised by the award of the Hawar medal (2003), the Bahrain Service Medal (2011) and the Al-Shahama (“Magnanimity”) medal (2012).

When he is not hard at work in CMF’s headquarters in NAVCENT Bahrain, undertaking his duties as part of the CTF151 team, Ahmed enjoys travelling, soccer and simply browsing through the souqs and shopping malls of Bahrain. He said, “I really enjoy working with all the different CMF nations and gaining more experience. I am very happy to serve with CTF151 and am always pleased when I am learning new skills and developing my professional expertise.”