KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has taken over the command of Multinational Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) for the sixth time.
The Command was handed over to Pakistan Navy (PN) at a formal and impressive Change of Command ceremony held at Bahrain, a press release of PN said here on Friday.
Commodore Asif Hameed Siddiqui, took over the command of CTF-151 from Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich of the Royal Thailand Navy. CTF 151 is responsible for counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and Horn of Africa under the overall ambit of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Vice Admiral John W. Miller, the Commander of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), presided over the Change of Command ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, PN CTF-151 Commodore Asif Hameed said that we are passing through uncertain and unpredictable times, where diverse threats are posed to the seagoing community at high seas.
Piracy, although low at the moment, continues to present an intricate and extraordinary threat that still impacts energy security, freedom of navigation, global security and stability.
He further stated that no one nation alone can resolve this menace, as piracy is a shared challenge which can only be addressed through collaborative and comprehensive international efforts.
“During the command, I shall continue to deter and disrupt piracy while maintaining a flexible approach in coordination with CMF”, he said.
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a Multinational Naval partnership of 30 nations, which is tasked to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
Pakistan Navy in the backdrop of UN Security Council Resolution, joined Task Force 151 in 2009 to combat piracy and since then is an integral part of the Task Force. Commanding CTF-151 for sixth time by Pakistan Navy speaks volumes of its competence and professionalism and is also reflective of the Pakistan Navy’s commitments towards ensuring a safe and secure maritime environment in the region.
A number of distinguished military and civilian dignitaries including US Ambassador to Bahrain, Thai Ambassador, Commander EURONAVFOR 465, senior officials from Pakistan Embassy and officers from various nations attended the ceremony.