NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Pakistan Navy Commodore Vaqar Muhammad relieved Royal New Zealand Navy Capt. Brendon Clark as commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 during a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Jan. 18.
Established in 2002, CTF 150 is one of three task forces under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to ensure that legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region, free from non-state threats.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have commanded Combined Task Force 150, leading a professional, high performing and agile team,” said Clark. “As a staff we achieved outstanding results, seizing in regional wholesale value $74.5 million worth of narcotics – the second largest haul in dollar value from a command team in the 20-year history of CMF.”
Clark served as the first commander of CTF 150 from the Royal New Zealand Navy. He will return to Auckland, New Zealand and serve as the captain of Fleet Operational Readiness at Devonport Naval Base.
Addressing the audience, Vaqar said, “My team is fully geared up to efficiently shoulder this prestigious responsibility to contribute towards maritime security and stability in the region. The Pakistan Navy believes in collaborative maritime security and will continue to work with coalition navies to safeguard peace and stability at sea.”
Vaqar is reporting from Pakistan Navy headquarters for Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) where he served as the commodore of Operational Training and Evaluation. This is the 12th time Pakistan is leading CTF 150.