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On April 25, 2021, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) members representing Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, as well representatives from other CMF coalition nations, commemorated the 106th anniversary of Anzac Day with a dawn service conducted at CMF Headquarters, in Bahrain. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australia and New Zealand against Turkish forces during the First World War. It is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national occasions. It is also of significant national meaning for Turkey, as all three nations endured heavy losses during the conflict, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps set out to capture the Turkish-held Gallipoli Peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the Allied navies.   The CMF ceremony included a speech by Capt Bruce Willington of the Royal Australian Navy, and a reading of Ataturk by Cmdr. Ahmet Istanbul of the Turkish Navy.…

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Street_Hockey.jpegWith temperatures averaging in the mid-20s here in Manama, Bahrain, Canada’s Operation ARTEMIS team may not be having a white Christmas this year – but they are taking time from their busy schedule, leading Combined Task Force 150, to get into the holiday (and hockey) spirit

This Christmas season, the Canadians brought some “old school” style hockey to the “alleyways” of Bahrain introducing some of their American, Australian and Pakistani colleagues to Canada’s Game.

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Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 hosted a visit from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Chief of Navy and Warrant Officer of the Navy on December 16, 2016.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN and Warrant Officer Gary Wight spent time in the CTF 150 Headquarters at the Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.

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 PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                       8 Dec 16 Pakistan hands over to Canada at CTF 150 Change of Command Ceremony Canada has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 after conducting a change of command ceremony with the Pakistan Navy today. Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) assumed command of CTF 150 from Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy (PKN) at a ceremony at Naval Central Command, Bahrain. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin M Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. His Excellency the Ambassador of Pakistan to Bahrain Mr Javed Malik and His Excellency the Ambassador of Canada to Bahrain Mr Denis Horak were in attendance. Commodore Nasir’s wife Nahide and family were also present. CTF 150 is primarily focused on disrupting terrorist organisations and their unlawful…

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