In an unusual event, the outgoing Commander Task Force 152 (CTF 152), Colonel Mohammed Aleid of the Kuwait Naval Force, handed over command to his successor and fellow Kuwaiti, Colonel Nayef Alasker, also of the Kuwait Naval Force.
CTF 152 is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and coordinates Maritime Security Operations in the region.
Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Frigate, HMS St Albans recently spent two days working in direct support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf.
HMS St Albans joined ships from Saudi Arabia to conduct joint Maritime Operations for CMF’s Combined Task Force 152 and exchange crucial information about operations in the Central Arabian Gulf. The Kuwaiti-led CTF152, headquartered in Bahrain, is in charge of Maritime Security in the Gulf for the 31 member nations of CMF.
The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Commander’s Conference took place in Bahrain on 2 Feb 16. The bi-annual conference brings together senior military representatives from CMF members, to update them on CMF’s achievements, assess operational effectiveness and discuss, in an open forum, ways of improving and developing CMF capabilities.
In his opening remarks, the Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Admiral Donegan USN, highlighted the unique nature of CMF as a coalition and the complexities of the operating area. He stressed the importance of maintaining the free flow of commerce, enabled by maintaining freedom of navigation through the strategically important choke points of the Bab el Mandeb Strait, the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal.
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.
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.
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces have handed over command of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 to Kuwait. The ceremony, held in Bahrain, saw Captain Suliman Al-Enazi transfer command to Colonel Mohammad Aleid, Kuwait Naval Force.
Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 which operates in the Gulf continues to build on its working relationships with key member nations again proves itself with another successful Exercise Falcon Warrior.