Australia hands over command of Combined Task Force 150 to the French

The Aus­tralian com­mand of coali­tion mar­itime oper­a­tions in sup­port of counter-ter­ror­ism oper­a­tions in the Gulf region of the Mid­dle East has passed to the French Navy.
Com­modore Greg Sam­mut of the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy hand­ed over com­mand of Com­bined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to Rear Admi­ral Jean-Louis Kerig­nard of the French Navy on 4 April at a cer­e­mo­ny in Bahrain.

Com­modore Sam­mut said it was a per­son­al priv­i­lege to have been entrust­ed with Australia’s sec­ond com­mand of CTF 150.

“The close coop­er­a­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion of the many par­tic­i­pat­ing nations remain the foun­da­tions of the suc­cess of CTF 150,” Com­modore Sam­mut said.

“I am very grate­ful for the sup­port of our Com­bined Mar­itime Force part­ners and region­al friends in pro­mot­ing secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty through­out the area of oper­a­tions.

“The Aus­tralian Defence Force takes pride in con­tribut­ing to coali­tion efforts to main­tain mar­itime secu­ri­ty in such a vital region for the sta­bil­i­ty and eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty of the world at large.”

Over the past six months, the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy team has planned and exe­cut­ed oper­a­tions con­duct­ed by a range of ships and air­craft from CTF 150 con­tribut­ing nations. There has also been valu­able inter­ac­tion and coop­er­a­tion with region­al nations which has strength­ened rela­tion­ships between navies and fur­ther enhanced secu­ri­ty in the mar­itime envi­ron­ment.

The prin­ci­ple mis­sion of CTF 150 is to deter, dis­rupt and defeat attempts by inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ist organ­i­sa­tions to use the mar­itime envi­ron­ment as a venue for an attack or as a means to trans­port per­son­nel, weapons and oth­er mate­ri­als asso­ci­at­ed with ter­ror­ism. CTF 150 ves­sels also assist mariners in dis­tress and under­take human­i­tar­i­an work as required.

CTF 150 is a multi­na­tion­al task force. Par­tic­i­pat­ing nations have includ­ed: Aus­tralia, Cana­da, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Italy, Repub­lic of Korea, Nether­lands, New Zealand, Pak­istan, Por­tu­gal, Sin­ga­pore, Spain, Turkey, the Unit­ed King­dom and the Unit­ed States.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →