Royal Australian Navy assumes Command of International Task Force in the Middle East

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 Clink of the Roy­al Navy at the US Naval Cen­tral Com­mand in Bahrain today. 

Com­modore Mead said it was a priv­i­lege to be entrust­ed with Australia’s third com­mand of CTF 150. This also rep­re­sents the first rota­tion for an Aus­tralian Com­man­der to be sup­port­ed by a Roy­al New Zealand Navy Deputy Com­man­der, Cap­tain Lance Cook. 

“Both the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Defence Forces take great pride in con­tribut­ing to the coali­tion efforts to main­tain mar­itime secu­ri­ty in such a vital region, for the sta­bil­i­ty and eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty of the world at large,” Com­modore Mead said. 

Dur­ing its deploy­ment, CTF 150 will plan and exe­cute oper­a­tions con­duct­ed by ships and air­craft from Com­bined Mar­itime Forces (CMF) mem­ber nations across an area of two and half mil­lion square miles of inter­na­tion­al waters, encom­pass­ing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Ara­bi­an Sea, Indi­an Ocean and Gulf of Oman. 

CTF 150 is one of three task forces oper­at­ed by CMF, a multi­na­tion­al coali­tion head­quar­ters that is based in Bahrain. The remain­ing task forces are CTF 151 (counter-pira­cy) and CTF 152 (Gulf mar­itime security). 

The prin­ci­pal mis­sion of CTF 150 is to deter and sup­press exploita­tion of the mar­itime envi­ron­ment by those who per­pet­u­ate or enable ter­ror­ist acts. 

CTF 150 ves­sels are con­cur­rent­ly com­mit­ted to the devel­op­ment of region­al state capac­i­ties to counter ter­ror­ists in order to com­bat threats to inter­na­tion­al peace and pro­mote region­al secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty. CTF 150 ves­sels also assist mariners in dis­tress and under­take human­i­tar­i­an work as required. 

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

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