Royal Canadian Navy Hands Over Command of CTF-150 to Royal New Zealand Navy

Royal Canadian Navy Hands Over Command of CTF-150 to Royal New Zealand Navy

MANAMA, Bahrain–Commodore Dan Charlebois of the Royal Canadian Navy turned over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) to Capt. Brendon Clark of the Royal New Zealand Navy in a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, July 15.

(L-R) Outgoing Commander of Combined Task Force — 150 (CTF-150), Commodore Dan Charlebois, Deputy Commander of Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Ed Ahlgren OBE, and Incoming Commander of CTF-150, Captain Brendon Clark, officially change commands during the CTF-150 Change of Command Ceremony, July 15, 2021, at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.
Photo By: MCpl Brian Lindgren, Canadian Armed Forces

CTF-150 is a multinational naval partnership aimed at disrupting terrorist organizations from conducting operations or moving weapons, personnel, or income-generating narcotics and charcoal in the maritime domain of the Arabian Gulf.

The ceremony marked the end of a highly successful tour for Charlebois and the Royal Canadian Navy since taking command of the task force in January, 2020. During that time, CTF-150 interdicted 55,605 kg of illicit narcotics, worth an estimated $160 million.

Commodore Edward Ahlgren, Deputy Commander CMF, congratulated Charlebois and his crew for their success.

“That’s $160 million that will never enter into the pockets of malign forces. Success is never an accident. This kind of success is proof of the hard work, teamwork, and leadership of CTF-150,” he said.

Deputy Commander of Combined Maritime Forces and UK Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Ed Algren OBE, addresses attendees at the CTF-150 Change of Command Parade, July 15, 2021, onboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. Photo By: MCpl Brian Lindgren, Canadian Armed Forces

Charlebois credited the success to the combined efforts of all 34 nations who contribute to CMF and CTF-150.

“The true strength of this coalition lies in our shared interest in maritime security and our ability to collaborate in order to achieve common goals,” he said. “I wish our Royal New Zealand Navy partners great success as they assume command of this important mission.”

Outgoing Commander of Combined Task Force — 150 (CTF-150), Commodore Dan Charlebois, addresses attendees at the CTF-150 Change of Command Ceremony, July 15, 2021, at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.
Photo By: MCpl Brian Lindgren, Canadian Armed Forces

On assuming command, Clark said he looked forward to continuing CTF-150’s momentum, and building on the strength of its international security partnership.

“It is an honor and privilege to assume Command of Combined Task Force 150, he said. “A diverse and multi-national staff with different thoughts, beliefs, approaches and culture truly embodies the values of a combined maritime force.”

Incoming Commander of CTF-150, Captain Brendon Clark, addresses attendees at the CTF-150 Change of Command Ceremony, July 15, 2021, at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.
Photo By: MCpl Brian Lindgren, Canadian Armed Forces
Deputy Commander of Combined Maritime Forces and UK Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Ed Algren OBE, centre, stands with Vice Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, third from left, outgoing Commander of CTF-150, Commodore Dan Charlebois, centre left, incoming Commander of Combined Task Force 150, Captain Brendon Clark, centre right, at the CTF-150 Change of Command Parade, July 15, 2021, onboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. Photo By: MCpl Brian Lindgren, Canadian Armed Forces
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