CTF 150

CTF 150 was established near the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom and is comprised of warships from numerous Coalition nations. Contributors have included the UK, France, Canada, Germany, Pakistan, Australia, Denmark and the United States. 

Area of Responsibility  

CTF 150 operates in an area that spans over two million square miles. This covers the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and the Northern Indian Ocean. The Force was created to counter terrorism, prevent trafficking, create a lawful maritime order and conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) to help develop security in the maritime environment. Anti-piracy is not part of the Force’s role; this aspect of maritime security is the responsibility of CTF 151.

This area is a vital artery of world trade that includes the main shipping routes from the Far East to Europe and the US with over 33,000 shipping movements per year. Over one third of the world’s oil passes through the region each year.  The ships of CTF 150 operate throughout this area to prevent and deter terrorism and the illegal trade of drugs and weapons which funds and supports international terrorist organisations.

Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 is currently commanded by Commodore Steve Moorhouse RN, who is supported by an international staff made up of Officers and sailors from the Royal Navy, Canada, France and New Zealand.

What we are doing

Fighting terrorism, preventing the trade of illegal drugs and weapons, stopping trafficking and offering maritime security to the region

Why we are there

As part of an enduring multinational maritime security effort

Our ambition over the next few months, is to not only seize opportunities, but also to create them. As part of the Combined Maritime Forces family we will engage with international partners, encourage regional cooperation and support capacity building

Commodore Steve Moorhouse RN, Commander CTF150

Commanding Officer Steve Moorhouse

Moorhouse Steve

Rank: Captain

Captain Steve Moorhouse was appointed as the first sea going Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales in September 2018.

Although Captain Moorhouse remains a substantive Commodore, he will follow historical custom and routinely wear the rank of Captain Royal Navy in his role as Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales.

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Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Indian Ocean

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