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  • 14 August 2019
    Authorities

    A UK-led joint staff of Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale assumed command of the Bahrain-based Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from the Pakistan Navy on August 8. During the ceremony at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain, command of CTF 150 was passed from Commodore Alveer Ahmed Noor of the Pakistan Navy […]

  • 27 January 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On January 18, less than two weeks after its first drug bust of 2020, French frigate Courbet (F 712) made the second drug bust while operating in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). As informed, over 3,000 kg of hashish was discovered on the dhow in the Gulf of Oman, with an […]

  • 27 July 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll joined the international Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) during a recent visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently under command of Royal Navy Commodore Steve Moorhouse, CTF 150 is part of the 32-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), is responsible for disrupting the illicit activities of terrorist organisations in the Western Indian […]

  • 16 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    In March the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and partner nations once more demonstrated the strength of working together to maintain secure and stable sea lanes in the Middle East waterways. In support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) maritime security and counter-terrorism operations, aircraft from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States and […]

  • 28 June 2017
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    The French-UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 seized nearly two tons of narcotics in the last two months during an operation called Southern Surge. The seizures included 1250 kg of heroin and 455 kg of hashish. Narcotics trafficking, particularly heroin, has long been associated with funding terrorism. It is estimated by the UN Office […]

  • 8 June 2016
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    Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender on June 7 seized over a metric tonne of high grade hashish being trafficked across the Indian Ocean. Operating with the Royal Navy-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Defender intercepted a suspect fishing dhow off the south coast of Oman. A search of the vessel found 51 bales, each weighing 20kg, […]

  • 13 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Between the 27th of April and the 4th of May 2015, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) ships French Ship Var, Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Newcastle and Seychelles Patrol Ship (PS) Constant took part in Task Force counter-terrorism exercises in the Indian Ocean. CTF150 crew led several interactions with Seychelles Coast Guards and HMAS Newcastle, […]

  • 18 August 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    French Navy La Fayette-class frigate Surcouf (F711) concluded its mission as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) on August 6. The vessel was deployed for three and a half months and travelled more than 20,000 nautical miles covering the Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Suez and the Red […]

  • 9 April 2015
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    The Commander of Combined Task Force 150 visited HMAS Success during the ship’s recent self-maintenance period at the half way point of its Operation MANITOU deployment in the Middle East region. In an address to the ship’s company, Commodore Brian Santarpia, of the Canadian Navy, highlighted the importance of the work HMAS Success was doing […]

  • 23 March 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On March 19, 2020, Royal Australian Navy handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to a combined French/United Kingdom team. At a ceremony in Bahrain, the team led by French Marine Nationale Captain Jacques Rivière assumed command of CTF 150 from Australian Commodore (CDRE) Ray Leggatt. Since Australia assumed command in December 2019 […]

  • 15 June 2017
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    Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces achieved a record number of drug interceptions in a four-month span, with 10 drug seizures totaling over 3,300 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, cannabis resin and hashish since March. It started with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) on March 2, when […]

  • 26 March 2015
    Authorities

    Commodore Brian Santarpia, Canadian Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), recently completed a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further deepen the cooperation and information sharing relationship between the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-terrorism and maritime security task force. During his two-day visit, Commodore Santarpia met […]

  • 3 February 2015
    Authorities

    Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy, the current Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), recently returned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain after a visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Commodore Santarpia recognised the strong commitment and contribution to CMF operations from the Jordanian Armed Forces during the visit. He met […]

  • 12 March 2014

    In a combined French and Australian operation, naval ships seized and destroyed almost 650 kilograms of cannabis resin hidden aboard a smuggling skiff in the Red Sea.   After HMAS Darwin intercepted the skiff, her boarding party discovered the cannabis resin in 120 plastic packages concealed in hessian bags labelled ‘Basmati Rice’. The skiff was […]

  • 5 August 2016
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    The Pakistan Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) after conducting a handover ceremony with the Royal Navy. Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy assumed command of CTF150 from Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy on August 4 in a ceremony held at the […]

  • 7 December 2017
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy is at the helm of Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) after assuming command from the Pakistan Navy in a change of command ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain on December 7. Australian Commodore Mal Wise assumed command of CTF150 from Pakistani Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi in a ceremony […]

  • 5 March 2019
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    Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has seized over 2,000 kg of hashish in her sixth drugs bust in three months. The Portsmouth-based warship seized the hashish just days after seizing 49 kilos of heroin. The suspect vessel was spotted by the warship’s Wildcat helicopter during a night-time sortie. After closing in on the […]

  • 21 August 2017
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    The crew of Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth have completed a five-month deployment to the Gulf and Indian ocean where they contributed to fight against arms and drugs smugglers. The UK and France commanded a multinational naval task force which has scored eight drugs busts over the period, seizing 1.75 tonnes of narcotics worth nearly […]

  • 13 April 2016
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    The Royal Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 after conducting a handover ceremony with the Royal Australian Navy held in Bahrain. Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy assumed command of CTF150 from Commodore Jaimie Hatcher of the Royal Australian Navy. Commodore Robinson will lead a team comprising personnel from the […]

  • 11 March 2019
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    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat seized two tons of hashish worth an estimated AU$100 million in street value during a boarding operation on February 28. This is the sixth seizure of narcotics by Ballarat during her current deployment to the Middle East, which she started in October last year. The boarding was conducted in […]

  • 18 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Seven Royal Australian Navy members left Australia this week to embed with the Combined Maritime Force’s Canadian led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) in the Middle East. From December 2014 to April 2015, the Navy team will work in CTF150 to deter, disrupt and defeat international terrorist organisations’ operations in the Middle East maritime region. […]

  • 17 April 2014

    The 25-member Royal Australian Navy counter terrorism taskforce, Combined Taskforce 150 (CTF150), returned to Australia today after a successful five month Middle East deployment, which resulted in the interdiction of significant amounts of drugs headed to fund violent and extremist organisations.   CTF150 is one of three task forces operated by the Combined Maritime Forces […]

  • 13 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    At the end of April 2015, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) flagship FS Var visited Victoria, the Capital of the Seychelles situated in the Indian Ocean to meet the Seychelles high representatives and Coast Guard. Seychelles are already fully integrated into the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) organisation and have contributed to their missions on several […]

  • 7 February 2018
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    Pakistan Navy frigate PNS Aslat seized 5 tonnes of hashish in the Arabian Sea on February 6, continuing a success-streak of the international Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. With this latest seizure, CTF 150 has confiscated over $1 billion USD of narcotics since December 2017. PNS Aslat was conducting routine patrols in the international waters of […]

  • 31 March 2015
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    Over the past few weeks, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck has patrolled the Gulf of Oman to conduct counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in support of CTF-150. While assigned to CTF-150, Aquidneck is busy searching, identifying, approaching and boarding vessels suspected of providing a source of funding to international terrorist organisations by smuggling […]

  • 6 December 2018
    Authorities

    The Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF) handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF150 to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in a change of command ceremony at the CMF headquarters in Bahrain on December 6. Commodore Darren Garnier RCN took command from Commodore Al-Shahrani RSNF. The ceremony was presided over by Commodore Steve Dainton […]

  • 17 December 2019
    Vessels

    Courbet (F 712), a second-line multimission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale currently operating in the Gulf of Oman in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, seized 3,534kg of hashish on December 13, 2019. The drugs were found after a specially trained team boarded the dhow using one of Courbet’s rigid hull inflatable […]

  • 28 April 2015
    Authorities

    In early April, Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Success again joined the Combined Maritime Force 150 (CTF150) organisation to help the fight against terrorism in the Arabian Sea. CTF 150’s mandate is about promoting the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment by countering terrorist acts and related illegal activities, which terrorists use […]

  • 16 December 2011
    Authorities

      Royal Australian Navy’s Commodore Jonathan Mead has assumed command of Combined Maritime Operations in support of counter-terrorism in the Gulf region of the Middle East. Supported by a team of Australian and New Zealand naval personnel, Commodore Mead now commands Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) after conducting a handover ceremony with Commodore John […]