Commodore Alveer Ahmed Noor of Pakistan Navy has handed over the Command of Combined Task Force-150 to Commodore Edward Ahlgren of Royal Navy (UK) at Headquarters US NAVCENT, Bahrain.
Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).
CTF 150’s mission is disrupt terrorist organisations and their related illegal activities by restricting their freedom of manouevre in the maritime domain.
The activities of CTF 150 are a critical part of global counter-terrorism efforts, as terrorist organisations are denied a risk-free method of conducting operations or moving personnel, weapons or income-generating narcotics and charcoal.
Maritime Security Operations (MSO) also ensure that legitimate commercial shipping can freely transist the region.
CTF 150’s Area of Operation includes some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and spans over two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman (but not the Arabian Gulf, which is the responsibility of CTF 152). This area is a vital artery of world trade from the Far East to Europe and the US, with thousands of shipping movements per year including the transportation of over 27 million barrels of oil. In addition, the AOR contains three narrow waterways, known as ‘choke points’, where vessels are required to pass closely between two shorelines. These include the Strait of Hormuz, Bab El Mandeb and the Suez Canal. This means ships have limited maneuverability and are more vulnerable than would otherwise be the case in open waters.