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Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) 152 met with the Second Mine Warfare Battle Staff (2MWBS) onboard RFA Cardigan Bay whilst alongside in Bahrain.

2MWBS is comprised of a team of 17 specialists drawn from multiple warfare and engineering disciplines from regular and reserve arenas. They are embarked on RFA Cardigan Bay, the Afloat Forward Support Base for the UK Mine Counter Measures Force. The Battle Staff rotate every 6 months after conducting multinational exercises and operations in support of the UK’s continued commitment to the Middle East region.

CTF 152 with Cdr Howe and Capt Clarke
From Left to Right: Commander Jools Howe Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of 2MWBS; Colonel Mohamed Aleid, Kuwait Navy (Commander CTF152); Cdr Akram Mahmud Ayasrah, Royal Jordanian Navy (COS CTF152); Cdr Beau White USN (COS CTF152); Captain Clarke, Commanding Officer RFA Cardigan Bay

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Building closer ties with the Bahrain Navy, Colonel Mohammed Aleid of the Kuwait Navy and Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, met with Lt Colonel Nayef Al Jowder the Commanding Officer of Bahrain Warship Abdul Rahman Al Fadel.

 The Captain of the Bahraini Guided Missile Patrol Craft discussed its capabilities and how they can operate closer with CTF 152. The CTF coordinates Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) activities with many regional partners, including Bahrain, conducts Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and remains prepared to respond to any crisis that may develop in the Gulf.

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Left to right: Cdr Beau White USN, Col Mohammed Aleid of the Kuwait Navy and Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, Cdr Naif Aljowdar (Commanding Officer of Bahrain Warship Abdul Rahman Al Fadel) and Cdr Akram Mahmod Ayasrah

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On 21 December 2015 command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) passed from the Turkish Navy under the command of Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay to Commodore Zahid Ilyas SI(M) S Bt of the Pakistan Navy.

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Commodore Zahid Ilyas, incoming Commander CTF 151

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Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152) recently conducted a coordinated maritime focused operation in the Gulf. These types of operations are designed to track, counter and build an understanding of any illicit activity in the Gulf in order to ensure stability in the region.

The Kuwait-led CTF 152, based in Bahrain, used naval and air assets from the United States, United Kingdom and Kuwait to conduct the joint operation in support of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) mission of deterring criminal and terrorist activity in the Gulf and maintaining regional maritime security.

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A Royal Navy Sea King from 849 Naval Air Squadron on-board RFA Fort Victoria during CTF152 maritime focused operation

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