We look forward to working closely with CMF staff and all of our partners to make this a reality

Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy

CTF 150 is one of three task forces operated by CMF. Its mission is to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist acts and other illegal activities, which terrorists use to fund, or hide, their movements. The area of operation is vast, covering some two million square miles, including the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

Commodore Bates highlighted the skill and professionalism of his team and the multinational units under his command. He said:

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with so many nations committed to improving maritime security and countering terrorism. CMF is a very impressive organisation that achieves great things.”

Acknowledging the accomplishments of Commodore Bates and his team, Commodore Blunden said:

“In addition to their successes at sea, they have expanded our understanding of the frameworks within which we operate and helped moved CTF 150 forward.

“More than at any time, there is an opportunity for CTF 150 to add real value in achieving maritime security in the region. My team stands ready for the task.  It is well trained, well supported and eager to get on with the job.

“We look forward to working closely with CMF staff and all of our partners to make this a reality.”

CTF 150 is a multinational task force. Participating nations have included: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Command is rotated on a four to six month basis.