Category Archives: CTF 150

The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 1100lbs. (521kg) of suspected narcotics from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. Twenty-three bags of narcotics were discovered and tested, resulting in a seizure of approximately 150lbs. (45kg) of suspected hash, 400lbs. (181kg) of methamphetamines and more than 600lbs. (272kg) of heroin. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fifth CMF drugs seizure since October. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. The CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international waters, promoting security, stability and prosperity…

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 2,000lbs (900kgs) of suspected narcotics from a vessel in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, Dec. 4. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fourth CMF drugs seizure since October. The narcotics are currently in U.S. custody awaiting analysis. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. Ralph Johnson initially identified a dhow loitering without power in international waters. The ship approached to determine if the dhow required assistance, and a subsequent search discovered the narcotics. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international…

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A French ship working in support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task force has seized over one tonne of hashish worth $8 million, 8 November 20. Sailors on board French Ship Floréal, the lead Floréal-class frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea’s infamous ‘Hash Highway’. The ship was operating in support of CMF’s Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) at the time of the seizure, which comes just weeks after a Royal Navy ship working as part of a CTF 150 operation intercepted over 450kg of methamphetamine.   “This seizure marks yet another successful drugs bust by CTF 150,” said the task force’s Commander, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “With two successful drugs seizures in a matter of weeks, we are proving that we are a formidable force against drug smugglers, keeping millions of dollars of…

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Корабль Королевского военно-морского флота, действующий в поддержку операции Объединенных Морских Сил (CMF), изъял более 450 килограммов метамфетамина, что является крупнейшим изъятием подобного рода в истории CMF.   Моряки и Королевские морские пехотинцы на борту HMS Montrose, фрегата Королевского флота модели 23, изъяли наркотики с подозрительного судна во время операции по борьбе с наркотиками в Аравийском море.   Перехват, который проводился в рамках операции Sea Shield (Морской щит) Объединенной Оперативной Группой (CTF) 150 Объединенных Морских Сил (CMF), явился международным мероприятием, в котором участвовали 33 страны-участницы CMF и их партнеры.   «Это была самая успешная операция по борьбе с метамфетамином в истории CMF», – сказал командующий CTF 150 контр-адмирал Сулейман Альфаких из Королевских военно-морских сил Саудовской Аравии. «Я высоко оцениваю напряженную работу и командные усилия всех наших CMF партнеров, особенно CTF 150 и HMS Montrose, которые работали вместе, чтобы осуществить этот исторический перехват».   Команда моряков Королевского военно-морского флота Великобритании и Королевской…

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A Royal Navy ship working in direct support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) operation led by CTF 150 has seized over 450 kilograms of methamphetamine, the largest seizure of its kind in CMF history. Sailors and Royal Marines on board HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea.   The operation, which was part of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150’s Operation Sea Shield, was an international effort involving a number of CMF’s 33 member nations and partners. “This has been the most successful counter-methamphetamine operation in CMF history,” said Commander of CTF 150, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “I commend the hard work and team effort of all of our CMF partners, especially CTF 150 and HMS Montrose, who have worked together to make this historic seizure happen.”…

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ARABIAN SEA – While operating under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provided assistance to a motor vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. The Iranian-flagged dhow signaled to Churchill via flashing light that it was in distress. When hailed over bridge-to-bridge radio, the vessel’s crew explained that their engine would not start due to a dead battery and they had run out of food and water. The Churchill’s boarding team transited to the dhow via a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and conducted an initial seaworthiness inspection. They provided the mariners with food and water. After verifying, Churchill did not have the type of battery required by the vessel, they requested assistance from Oman Coast Guard. Churchill remained on scene until Omani authorities arrived to render further assistance. The Churchill’s crew strictly adhered to coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigations of social distancing and…

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Two Saudi-led task forces within the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) celebrated National Saudi Day at their headquarters in Bahrain. Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, commanded by the Royal Saudi Naval Force, and CTF 152, commanded by the Saudi Border Guard, invited members of CMF to celebrate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s 90th National Day with traditional dress, food and hospitality. Commander of CTF 150, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfaqeeh, welcomed guests from a number of CMF’s 33 member nations including Deputy Commander of CMF, Commodore Dean Bassett, and the commander of CTF 151, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir. “I am proud to celebrate this special occasion with so many of our partners from CMF,” said Rear Admiral Alfaqeeh. “This is the second time that the Royal Saudi Navy has commanded CTF 150, and this year it is particularly special to be celebrating National Saudi Day alongside our brothers from the Saudi Border…

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CTF 150 hands over from Frnce to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Captain Riviere of the French Marine Nationale handed over Command of CTF 150 to Rear Admiral Alfaqeeh of the Saudi Royal Naval Force in a virtual ceremony.  The CTF 150 (Combined Task Force 150) mission is to disrupt criminal and terrorist organisations and their mandated related illicit activities by restricting their freedom of manoeuvre in the maritime domain. The task force’s activities deny criminal and terrorist organisations a method of conducting operations or moving personnel, weapons or income-generating narcotics and charcoal. Speaking via video link at the conference, Captain Riviere said, “I was very fortunate to be able to draw the CTF 150 team from not only France, but also the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, building a combined, diverse and effective staff made up of professionals from three very capable nations.”  “To my team, I thank you for your committed support, your hard work, and determination in…

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