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. The UK are currently leading the command team which includes Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force personnel, as well as allies from the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Saudi Naval Forces, and the United States Navy.

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 French Navy Rear Admiral, Olivier Lebas, who is supported by a combined French-UK staff located in Bahrain. The combined staff operationalises French-UK naval co-operation under the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) framework set up by the Lancaster House Accord of 2010 signed by London and Paris.

What we are doing

Fighting terrorism, stopping trafficking, offering security

Why we are there

Part of a multinational effort

CTF 150 has been very successful in interdicting illicit cargoes; three hash seizures for a total 5,610 kilos, five heroin seizures for a total of 1,494 kilos and three amphetamine seizures of 24 kilos."

Vice Admiral John Miller, US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet

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.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location Indian Ocean

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