NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Kuwait Naval Force Col. Ebraheem Al-Dawai relieved Saudi Border Guard Capt. Ali bin Madi Al-Qahtani as commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 during a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sept. 2.

Established in 2004, CTF 152 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CTF 152 enhances regional maritime cooperation by focusing on illicit non-state actors in the Arabian Gulf.

“With the dynamic environment that we operate in, it is more important than ever that our strong coalitions endure and thrive,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and CMF.

Al-Qahtani served as the first commander of CTF 152 from the Saudi Border Guard and led a multinational staff of personnel from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. 

“Captain Al-Qahtani blazed a historic trail for the Saudi Border Guard as it was the first time they have taken command of a CMF task force,” said Cooper. “He delivered continuous maritime security coverage in the Arabian Gulf and kept the seas safe.” 

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (September 2, 2021) Saudi Border Guard Capt. Ali bin Madi Al-Qahtani, outgoing commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, salutes as he relinquishes command to Kuwait Naval Force Col. Ebraheem Al-Dawai, during a ceremony onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sep. 2.  (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs)

Al-Qahtani will report to Saudi Border Guard, Eastern Regional Command.

Al-Dawai is reporting from Kuwait Naval Force, Squadron 75 where he served as commander.

This will be the fifth time the Kuwait Naval Force will take command of CTF 152.