Optimistic outlook: Commander CTF 150 concludes maritime security tour of East Africa

Published on Combined Maritime Forces (author)

Location(s): Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Topic(s): Operations

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

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, RAN, is greeted by Principal Staff Officers of the Tanzania Navy in Dar es Salaam.

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