Optimistic outlook: Commander Combined Task Force 150 concludes maritime security tour of East Africa

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L-R Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union, Colonel James Davey, Chief of Medical Services, Major General (Dr) Adam Simon Mwabulanga, representing the Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy, Regional Plans and Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 150, Commander Michael Turner, Royal Australian Navy, Acting Director Defence Intelligence, Colonel Kapesa, and Military Assistant to the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Colonel Remigius Castory Ngumbi, meet to discuss  (photo: Combined Maritime Forces)
L-R Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union, Colonel James Davey, Chief of Medical Services, Major General (Dr) Adam Simon Mwabulanga, representing the Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy, Regional Plans and Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 150, Commander Michael Turner, Royal Australian Navy, Acting Director Defence Intelligence, Colonel Kapesa, and Military Assistant to the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Colonel Remigius Castory Ngumbi, meet to discuss

The Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy, has concluded a productive series of maritime security meetings with a visit to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

After meetings with maritime leaders in Djibouti, Mozambique and Kenya, Commodore Bates met leaders within the Tanzanian Peoples’ Defence Force to foster established relationships and pave the way to greater cooperation.

In discussions between Commodore Bates and Brigadier General Rogastian Laswai, Commander of the Tanzanian Navy, both leaders agreed that co-operation across the security sector was vital to suppress those who wish to use the sea for illicit purposes.

Tanzania is not a member of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), however, Brigadier General Laswai said he appreciated the work that the naval partnership is undertaking. He described how the reduction in piracy off the Horn of Africa was a result of successful collaboration between many navies and stressed how important such collaboration is to countries still developing their security forces.

In a meeting with Major General (Dr) Adam Simon Mwabulanga, Tanzanian Peoples’ Defence Force Chief of Medical Services representing the Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Commodore Bates said:

“Our success is underpinned by our ability to work with regional security forces, and this visit is part of an ongoing engagement strategy. We are working to defeat a common threat, and by keeping the communication channels open, we nurture cooperation and identify opportunities to build capacity in the East African region.”

The CTF 150 command element is currently staffed by a team of 25 personnel from the Royal Australian Navy. CTF 150 is one of three task forces commanded by CMF.

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy is greeted by Principal Staff Officers of the Tanzania Navy in Dar es Salaam.

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy is greeted by Principal Staff Officers of the Tanzania Navy in Dar es Salaam.