Cooperation in the Middle East to boost maritime security
13 January 2014
A Combined Task Force 150 delegation, led by Royal Australian Navy Commodore Daryl Bates, met with senior leaders of the Pakistan Navy during a three-day visit to Pakistan in December 2013.
The Combined Task Force 150 delegation met with key commands of the Pakistan Navy in Islamabad and Karachi to enhance cooperation between the Combined Maritime Forces and nations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions.
Pakistan is both a regional nation and a significant contributor to Combined Maritime Forces operations, having joined the coalition in 2004.
Commodore Bates recently assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 from Pakistan. He said that the visit provided a great opportunity to express his gratitude to Pakistan for their steadfast support to the Combined Maritime Forces and to reinforce the strong Defence ties between Pakistan and Australia.
“I feel privileged to have met senior leaders in the Pakistan Navy. Australia and Pakistan have sustained a strong Defence relationship over many years and share a commitment to enhancing maritime security in the region,” Commodore Bates said.
“These meetings have resulted in some excellent outcomes. The ongoing exchange of information between Combined Task Force 150 and regional nations is critical to our mission here and that is to provide a lawful and stable maritime environment, free from terrorism, smuggling and other illicit activities.
“I am confident that maritime security operations will be enhanced as a result of our cooperation with Pakistan, and ongoing dialogue between the Combined Maritime Forces and other member and regional nations.”
The principal mission of Combined Task Force 150 is to maintain maritime security and deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organisations to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.
Combined Task Force 150 is one of three task forces commanded by Combined Maritime Forces, a coalition of 29 nations, based in Bahrain.
Combined Task Force 150 plans and executes operations involving a range of ships and aircraft from the Combined Maritime Forces member nations across an area of over two million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.