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In a multi-national ceremony at the Maritime Headquarters in Bahrain, Commodore Simon Ancona from the UK Royal Navy assumed command as the Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) from Commodore Tim Fraser Royal Navy on Nov 23.

Commodore Ancona joins from the Maritime Battlestaff HQ based in Portsmouth, England where he served as Deputy Commander of the UK Maritime Force, having previously served as Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Force. On taking up this appointment he also becomes the UK’s Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC) in Bahrain.

Commodore Tim Fraser Royal Navy (left) hands over as Deputy Commander CMF to Commodore Simon Ancona Royal Navy (Image by Lieutenant GH Turner Royal Navy, CMF Public Affairs (MOD / Crown Copyright)

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French Navy Rear Adm. Jean-Louis Kerignard relieved Australian Navy Commodore Greg Sammut as Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 during a change of command ceremony on board FS Somme (A 631), held in the Mina Salman port facility, Bahrain Apr. 4. The ceremony concluded the Australian Navy’s second successful command of CTF 150, a multi-national task force that conducts Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Commodore Sammut said, “It has been a privilege to be entrusted with Australia’s second command of CTF 150. The close cooperation, professionalism and dedication of the many participating nations has contributed to the success of CTF 150. I am also thankful for the support of our CMF partners and regional friends in promoting security and stability throughout the area of operations.” Responding, Admiral Kerignard said, “It is a great honour to…

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Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship HMS Cumberland recently handed over her Gulf responsibilities to HMS Iron Duke. The two ships met in the Gulf of Oman and Iron Duke’s Command Team embarked on to Cumberland for a handover brief and discussions. The two ships conducted a traditional ‘sail-past’ where the ‘Cumberlanders’ waved banners and sprayed fire hoses to wish their reliefs in Iron Duke a successful deployment. HMS Cumberland had a varied deployment mostly inside the Arabian Gulf, conducting an enormous variety of tasks since assuming responsibility in her national capacity as the UK on-watch frigate in October 2010. The ship has provided maritime security to the Iraqi Al Basra Oil Terminal and supported the Coalition’s efforts in training Iraqi maritime forces to take charge of this vital operation independently later this year. As part of CMF, Cumberland conducted maritime security patrols throughout the Gulf and its shipping lanes, providing…

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CMF Deputy Commander, Commodore Tim Fraser, introduces Combined Maritime Forces.

Kuwait – Command of Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) has passed from Kuwaiti Brigadier General Jassim al Ansari to his fellow countryman Colonel Abdullah Dashti. A handover ceremony took place at Naval Operations Center, Mohammed Al Ahmed Naval Base, Kuwait, August 10. The ceremony was attended by Commodore Tim Fraser Royal Navy, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces (DCCMF), as well as the CTF-152 staff and watch team members. Kuwait elected to rotate their commanders roughly half way through their seven month command period in order for two senior officers to gain valuable experience of leading a multi-national task force. CTF-152 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 24 nation coalition based in Bahrain. It operates in the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations in conjunction with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners to prevent destabilising activities and promote maritime security. Activities conducted by CTF-152 include…

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