MANAMA, Bahrain – Pakistan turned over command of a multinational naval task force to Brazil during an afternoon ceremony at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain, Aug. 18.
Brazilian Navy Rear Adm. Nelson de Oliveira Leite assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 from Pakistan Navy Commodore Ahmed Hussain.
Established in 2009, CTF 151 is one of four task forces under Combined Maritime Forces, the largest naval partnership in the world. CTF 151 conducts maritime security operations to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and armed robbery at sea, outside the Horn of Africa.
“I express my profound gratitude to the nations who provided their assets in support of CTF 151 operations and regional states for their cooperation and contribution,” said Hussain. “The Pakistan Navy believes in collaborative maritime security and will continue to work with coalition navies to ensure peace and maritime security and stability in the region.”
Hussain served as CTF 151’s commander since April and has led several initiatives, including the first combined counter-piracy patrol between CTF 151 and a European Union operation in regional waters.
This is the second time Brazil is leading CTF 151.
“By accepting another invitation to command CTF 151, the Brazilian Navy reaffirms its commitment to the maritime community,” said Leite. “I look forward to the work my team will do to continue promoting and defending maritime security in the region.”
Leite has served in the Brazilian Navy for 33 years and was most recently an acquisition manager for naval industrial infrastructure under Brazil’s Submarine Development Program.
Combined Maritime Forces includes 34 member nations and is headquartered in Bahrain with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet.