After a successful four months of maritime security operations, key leadership engagement and capacity building, Australia’s 8th rotation in command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) came to an end on March 19.

Navy Commodore Ray Leggatt handed over command of CTF 150, part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), to a combined French/UK team led by French Marine Nationale, Captain Jacques Rivière, in a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Since Australia assumed command in December last year with a staff drawn from the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian and Royal New Zealand navies, CTF 150 has conducted maritime security operations throughout the North Arabian Sea with the direct support of our Coalition partners, including France, Pakistan, the UK and the US. 

Ships working in direct support of CTF 150 from December to March conducted 20 boardings that resulted in six seizures totalling 11.76 tonnes of drugs with an estimated regional wholesale value of $6,199,577 US dollars. 

“These substantial seizures were possible because of the support of CMF partner nations,” Commodore Leggatt said.  

“These countries not only provided platforms, but intelligence and know-how that translated into important operational outcomes. CTF 150 was able to exploit these assets to maximum benefit.”

Increased support within the region is vital to the success of CTF 150 and the team was fortunate enough to conduct engagements with leaders from France, India and Sri Lanka. 

“We have had a very successful time here and we have advanced the mission of CTF 150 and CMF,” Commodore Leggatt said. 

“I’m proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead this diverse team of professionals from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and grateful for the tremendous support of CMF.”