Australian CTF 150 Commander meets with Pakistan Navy to bolster maritime security in Middle East

Published on combinedmaritimeforces.com (author), LCDR Emma McDonald-Kerr (photographer)

Location(s): Islamabad, Pakistan

Topic(s): Operation SLIPPER

(L-R) Former Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Asif Khaliq, Pakistan Navy; Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN; Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, His Excellency Peter Heyward; Commander Karachi, Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain, Pakistan Navy; CTF 150 Planning and Regional Engagement Officer, Commander Michael Turner, RAN; and Assistant Defence Adviser to Pakistan, Major Rick Lovelock, Australian Army. (photo: LCDR Emma McDonald-Kerr)
(L-R) Former Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Asif Khaliq, Pakistan Navy; Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN; Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, His Excellency Peter Heyward; Commander Karachi, Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain, Pakistan Navy; CTF 150 Planning and Regional Engagement Officer, Commander Michael Turner, RAN; and Assistant Defence Adviser to Pakistan, Major Rick Lovelock, Australian Army.

A Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) delegation, led by Australian Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN met with senior leaders of the Pakistan Navy during a three-day visit to Pakistan during December.

Commodore Bates is the current commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a maritime security task force responsible for conducting maritime security operations in the Middle East and north Indian Ocean regions.

CTF 150 is one of three task forces commanded by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 29-nation coalition based in Bahrain.

The principal mission of CTF 150 is to maintain maritime security and 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 or other materials.

The CTF 150 delegation met with key commands of the Pakistan Navy in Islamabad and Karachi, to enhance cooperation between the CMF and regional nations. Pakistan is both a regional nation and a significant contributor to CMF operations, having joined the coalition in 2004.

Having recently assumed command of CTF 150 from Pakistan, Commodore Bates said that this visit provided a great opportunity to express his gratitude to Pakistan for their steadfast support to the CMF and to reinforce the strong Defence ties between Pakistan and Australia.

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN and Director General Maritime Security Agency, Rear Admiral Athar Mukhtar discuss maritime security operations.

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN and Director General Maritime Security Agency, Rear Admiral Athar Mukhtar discuss maritime security operations.

“I feel privileged to have met senior leaders in the Pakistan Navy. Australia and Pakistan have sustained a strong Defence relationship over many years and share a commitment to enhancing maritime security in the region,” Commodore Bates said.

“These meetings have resulted in some excellent outcomes. The ongoing exchange of information between CTF 150 and regional nations is critical to our mission here and that is to provide a lawful and stable maritime environment, free from terrorism, smuggling and other illicit activities.

“I am confident that maritime security operations will be enhanced as a result of our cooperation with Pakistan, and ongoing dialogue between the CMF and other member and regional nations.”

CTF 150 is currently commanded by a 25-person Royal Australian Navy team led by Commodore Daryl Bates. Commodore Bates and his team plan and execute operations involving a range of ships and aircraft from the CMF member nations across an area of over two million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20132650.