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Combined Task Force 152 (CTF 152), the Gulf security and cooperation mission of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), has been commanded by Kuwait since 9 May 2010. Brigadier General Jassim Al-Ansari of the Kuwait Navy assumed command from Colonel Tariq Khalfan Al-Zaabi of the United Arab Emirates in a grand ceremony conducted at Kuwait Navy Headquarters, Mohammad Al-Ahmad Naval Base. This was notable, as it marked the first-ever direct handover of CTF 152 command between GCC member nations. After a successful period in command, which included a programme of maritime exercises and the implementation of a new watch keeper qualification process, General Jassim relinquished command to Colonel Abdullah Dashti, also of the Kuwait Navy, on 9 Aug. 2010. Operations Day-to-day tasking of assets assigned to the task force focused on Maritime Security Operations (MSO) promoting, and if need be enforcing, a secure environment for all aspects of legitimate maritime commerce in…

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USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) located and provided assistance to two Iranian mariners who were spotted floating in a life raft in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 18. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) contacted Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at approximately 3:30 a.m. (Bahrain) after it had been notified by a merchant vessel that they had seen a flare launched from a life raft. CMF notified Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 which then dispatched Oscar Austin to locate the vessel. Oscar Austin located the life raft around 5 a.m., approximately 1,000 yards outside of Iranian territorial waters. After providing the two distressed mariners food and water, a rigid hulled inflatable boat from Oscar Austin towed the life raft closer to the ship in the event the men required any urgent aid or further assistance. CMF contacted the Omani Navy and asked them to assist in communicating the location of the…

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You can download the October edition of CMF’s ‘Battle Rhythm’ newsletter below. October 2010 Edition of ‘Battle Rhythm’ – CMF’s Newsletter

British Royal Navy Type 22 frigate HMS Cumberland was at Mina Salman, Bahrain, on November 1-2, for the start of her deployment to the Gulf. The 5,300-tonne frigate will undertake maritime security duties with Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152), an international maritime task force which works to prevent destabilising activities and promote maritime security throughout Arabian Gulf. Currently commanded by Kuwait, it has also included participation from Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, France, Australia and the United States. It is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a global maritime partnership based at the US NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain. CMF’s main focus areas are countering terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment. HMS Cumberland’s commanding officer, Captain Steve Dainton said: “My crew have trained hard over the past couple of months and are at an extremely high standard. The ship is…

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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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Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, and several international and regional navies and coast guards, successfully completed Stakenet, a maritime infrastructure protection evolution in the North Arabian Gulf July 11 – 14. This year’s Stakenet included approximately 14 vessels and support from the Kuwait Navy and Coast Guard, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, United Kingdom and United States. It was the third evolution in a series of maritime engagements designed to exercise the establishment of local sea control to protect key economic and energy related maritime infrastructure. Stakenet also demonstrated the ability of multi-national navies and coast guards to communicate effectively while overcoming language barriers, and their ability to enhance cooperation between different nations that use different operating procedures. This type of deliberate and collaborative engagement is characteristic of the CTF 152 mission, and further illustrates the Kuwaiti military’s professionalism and aptitude as a regional naval…

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