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  • 8 January 2016
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy Commodore Jaimie Hatcher AM, Commander of Combined Task Force 150, thanked the Commanding Officer of the Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Tippu Sultan for their contribution to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) whilst the ship was alongside in Bahrain. The visit took place before the ship sailed to the North Arabian Sea for the […]

  • 4 December 2015
    Authorities

    Australian HMAS Melbourne seized 151 kilograms of heroin worth an estimated $AUD44.5 ($32.6) million from a fishing dhow off the east coast of Africa November 30. HMAS Melbourne’s Commanding Officer Commander Bill Waters said the ship’s crew boarded a suspicious fishing vessel following surveillance which suggested the dhow might be engaged in illegal activity. Commander […]

  • 11 February 2016
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    Having seized almost a tonne of heroin and made more than 50 boarding operations, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne is now returning home to Australia. The guided missile frigate handed over maritime security responsibilities to sister ship, HMAS Darwin, after five months of operations in support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and more than six […]

  • 9 December 2019
    Authorities

    An Australian-led staff of the Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and Royal Canadian Navy assumed command of the Bahrain-based Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from the UK on December 5. During a ceremony at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Bahrain, command of CTF 150 was handed over to the Australian, New […]

  • 4 August 2015
    Authorities

    On July 30, France transferred command of Combined Task Force (CTF 150) to Pakistan, after a four month deployment at sea onboard French Ship Var, the CTF 150 flag ship. This completed France’s 9th command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force. Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas of the Pakistan […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7 March 2016
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache after boarding a small fishing vessel approximately 170 nautical miles (313 kilometres) off the coast of Oman. The frigate’s crew initially conducted a flag verification boarding. After assessing the vessel to be stateless, HMAS Darwin searched the vessel and discovered 1989 AK-47 […]

  • 14 December 2015
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy took over the command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) which had previously been lead by the Pakistan Navy. Commodore Jaimie Hatcher of the Royal Australian Navy assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas of the Pakistan Navy […]

  • 5 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Canada assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) yesterday, a naval counter-terrorism task force that spans more than two million square miles in the greater Middle East region. Commodore Brian Santarpia officially took command of CTF-150 during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the 30-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in Bahrain. The deployment […]

  • 2 May 2012
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy has handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to the Pakistan Navy during a change of command ceremony on board Pakistan Naval Ship Badr in Bahrain. Commodore Jonathan Mead AM, RAN has handed over command to Commodore Mukhtar Khan SI(M) on 17 April, concluding the Royal Australian Navy’s […]

  • 14 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy personnel from HMS Excellent, a shore establishment of the Navy, will head to the Arabian Gulf where they will assume command of the Combined Task Force 150 next month. Part of Combined Maritime Forces, Combined Task Force 150 is policing more than two million square miles of sea on the lookout for vessels smuggling weapons and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 12 December 2018
    Authorities

    The Royal Saudi Naval Force (RNSF) has handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Commodore Darren Garnier of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of CTF 150 on December 6, 2018, during a change […]

  • 18 April 2014
    Authorities

    The Royal Navy has taken over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 from the Royal Australian Navy at a formal change of command ceremony in Bahrain.   Commodore Jeremy Blunden RN assumed command of CTF 150 from Commodore Daryl Bates RAN bringing to an end the RAN’s fifth command of CTF […]

  • 17 March 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Australian Navy’s Lieutenant Commander Kellie Bolt, who is deployed with the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU, recently mentored members of the Mauritius Coast Guard during the annual multinational Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS. The United States Africa Command sponsored exercise increases East African and Indian Ocean nations’ capabilities to counter illegal sea-based […]

  • 9 April 2015
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 13 August 2018
    Authorities

    After three months at the helm of Combined Task Force 150, the UK Royal Navy handed over command of the international counter-terrorism task force to the Royal Saudi Navy. Commodore Steve Moorhouse – soon to be the first commanding officer of new carrier HMS Prince of Wales – stood down from Combined Task Force 150 with Commodore […]

  • 9 January 2015

    Royal Australian Navy staff from the Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism task force, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), did not let the festive season interrupt their important work in Bahrain after taking over the Task Force in early December. As an agile task force bolstered by international cooperation, the joint Canadian-Australian CTF-150 meets regularly with regional […]

  • 8 July 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    In its sixth successful haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $AUD 41 million, off the East coast of Africa. Under the auspices of the Combined Maritime Forces, the latest haul brings the Australian Navy’s total seizures in the Middle […]

  • 17 July 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta trained with Tanzanian crime fighters during her final port visit as part of Combined Task Force 150. The Australian team hosted six officers from the maritime detachment of the Tanzanian Transnational Organised Crime Unit June 21-22, conducting maritime capacity building training evolutions while the ship was alongside in Dar […]

  • 14 June 2017
    Authorities

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta interdicted 260kg of heroin in the north Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa on June 8. This is the frigate’s third drug interception as part of operation Manitou. The drugs were intercepted after the ship’s embarked Seahawk helicopter detected the suspicious dhow on June 7 during a planned surface search. The […]

  • 14 April 2017
    Authorities

    Canada has concluded a five-month period of commanding the Bahrain-headquartered Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) and handed over duties to France. This was Canada’s third command of the multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force located in the greater Middle East region. The Canadian contingent was joined by eight members of the Australian Defence Force. […]

  • 5 June 2013
    Industry news

    Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto successfully disrupted her fifth – and by far the largest – narcotics shipment since March of this year as part of ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea. During the search and inspection of a vessel by the ship’s naval boarding team on May 30th, Toronto’s crew recovered approximately […]

  • 29 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne returned to her Sydney homeport on February 28 after 203 days of deployment and five narcotics seizures. In the five interceptions, the frigate seized a total of 977 kg of heroin valued at approximately $390 million. Melbourne was operating within Combined Task Force 150, which is one of […]

  • 29 June 2015
    Authorities

    Captain René-Jean Crignola, Commander, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), visited La Fayette class, French Frigate (FF) Surcouf, in order to meet Commanding Officer, Commander (Cdr) Thomas Fraïoli. The FF has been part of CTF-150 taking part in maritime security operations throughout the Gulf of Aden, Somalia Basin and Indian Ocean. FF Surcouf operates side by […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]